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 November 4, 2019 (6:30–8:30 p.m.), and November 5, 2019 (9–11 a.m.), at the Chatham County Agricultural and Conference Center. Note: the same program is offered on both days; the program is repeated to accommodate participants’ schedules.

Image of septic field drawing

Homeowners of Septic Systems 

James Tiger, Environmental Health Specialist

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.

To determine where your septic field is located, see: https://www.chathamnc.org/government/departments-programs/environmental-health/permit-public-records-requests

See James’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: Chatham County Wells

Planting on Your Septic Drain Field

Matt Jones, Horticulture Extension Agent

See Matt’s presentation: Planting in Septic Fields 2019

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 Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox (NC State Extension)


For questions, contact Matt Jones.

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by October 18, 2019, to Ginger Cunningham, County Extension Director, at 919-542-8202 or email: ginger.cunningham@chathamnc.org.


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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