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Stool Rules

Acceptable Behavior  (DO)

Unacceptable Behavior  (DON'T)

  • Collect grease in a container and dispose with your trash.

  • Learn the location of your septic tank and drain field.

  • Use liquid laundry soap, not powder.

  • Conserve water to avoid overloading your septic system. Try to space out activites requiring heavy use over several days.

  • Plant trees at least 20 feet away from the drain field to avoid any root damage. The canopy of trees can also block the sunlight, minimizing evaporation if placed too close to the drain field.

  • Limit the use of caustic or acid-based toilet bowl cleaners and drain cleaners because they are harmful to the good bacteria and micro-organisms in the septic tank.

  • Try to do full loads of laundry and space out the washing throughout the week. Use only low phosphate detergent. Leaching of phosphates can cause aquatic algae to bloom. The water in your drain field either evaporates or eventually merges with ground water. 


  • Put motor oil, paint, paint thinners, gasoline, pesticides or herbicides down the drain. These substances are toxic to the septic tank bacteria and micro-organisms. 

  • Pour cooking oil, fats, grease or coffee grounds down the drain.

  • Use the garbage disposal on kitchen scrap material/food.

  • Pour or flush cleaning agents with bleach or disinfectants down the drain. These chemicals will kill the good bacteria in the septic tank. Use a sodium based enzyme- automatic dishwasher detergent.

  • Use fabric softener in the washing machine. Put this product in the dryer, if at all possible.

  • Flush tampons, Q-tips, baby wipes, "flushable wipes", condoms, cigarette butts, dental floss, large amounts of toilet paper or hair down the drain and into your septic system.

  • Allow anyone to drive or park over any part of the septic system or drain field. 

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