Homeowner Well and Septic Workshop

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N.C. Cooperative Extension and the Chatham County Department of Environmental Health present a free workshop on the use and maintenance of home septic systems and wells on October 22, 2018 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) and October 23, 2018 (9:00-11:00 a.m.) at the Chatham County Agricultural and Conference Center.

septic field drawing

Homeowners of Septic Systems 

Kim Warren, Environmental Health Onsite Program Supervisor

Learn the basics of septic systems, including their use, design and operation, the types of septic systems in Chatham County, why septic systems fail, and how to prevent failures.

See Kim’s presentations: part 1, part 2, part 3.

Wells 101 in Chatham County 

Carl Kivett, Well Program Specialist

Learn about siting, inspecting, and repairing wells, including an overview of the County water sampling program.

See Carl’s presentation

Planting on Your Septic Drain Field

Matt Jones, Horticulture Extension Agent

A review of the do’s and don’ts of plant selection and maintenance around septic fields, including turf, edible crops, trees, and shrubs.

See Matt’s presentation

Below are additional Extension and other government resources pertaining to well and septic systems

Septic Systems and Their Maintenance (NC State Extension)

Be Septic Smart (EPA)

Wastewater and Septic Permits & Monitoring (Chatham Co. Environmental Health)

Well Permits and Water Monitoring (Chatham Co. Environmental Health)

Planting on Your Septic Drain Field (Virginia Cooperative Extension – Va. Tech)

NC State Extension Gardener Handbook (NC State Extension)

NC Plants Database (NC State Extension)


For questions, contact Matt Jones.


The North Carolina Extension Gardener Handbook is complete and available online for free, or a full-color, hardback book version is available from UNC Press.

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