Be Septic Smart

For information on the Septic Pump-out Grant Program and how you can apply, please visit the Program page.

Protect Your Home

Protect your home investment and avoid costly replacement by doing your part and following these 5 important tips about your septic system:

  1. Have It Inspected
    Have your septic tank inspected and pumped out at least once every 5 years.
  2. Don’t Strain Your Drain
    Fix household leaks, run dishwasher and laundry with full loads, and install high-efficiency fixtures.
  3. Reduce Fats, Oils and Grease
    Don’t pour fats, oils, and grease (FOG) or paints/solvents down your drains. They will clog and harm your septic system.
  4. Watch What You Flush
    Do not flush non-biodegradable items down the toilet such as floss, feminine hygiene products and diapers.
  5. Protect Your Field
    Do not drive or park a vehicle on your drain field. Take measures to reduce roof and surface runoff onto the drain field to increase its effectiveness.

Protecting State Waterways

The James City County Code states that all septic systems shall be pumped out at least once every 5 years. This is essential to the protection of the quality of state waters. Documentation certified by a licensed sewage handler that states that a septic system has been inspected, is functioning properly, and the tank does not need to have the effluent pumped out of it, will also be accepted. When your septic system is pumped out or inspected, please provide us with written documentation (i.e. a receipt) so that we may update our files.

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