On-Site Sewage Disposal & Wells

On-Site Sewage Disposal (Septic Systems)

Most may not realize it, but near half of the properties in Warren Township are serviced by an individual on-site sewage disposal system, commonly known as a septic system. A modern, well maintained septic system should serve a property for many years, but just because they are underground does not mean they should be forgotten. Septic systems are designed to properly treat and dispose of domestic waste. They generally consist of a septic tank and a disposal field, but may also include a pump, pump tank, pre-treatment system, alarm system, or in the case of older systems, none of the above.

Maintaining Your System

At a minimum, your septic system’s tank should be pumped approximately every three years to increase its life. Detailed information on how to maintain your septic system may be found in: A Homeowner’s Guide to Septic Systems or contact the health department.

Well Water

Similar to on-site sewage disposal, many properties in Warren receive their water from a private well. Public water is not available everywhere and so a well may be required, and even where public water is available some maintain a private well for their water supply. Many property owners who have a well claim that it is the best water available, but wells can harbor hidden hazards. Just like the public water is tested regularly if you use water from a well you should test it regularly too. Wells may become contaminated with bacteria, chemicals, naturally occurring metals and compounds, and even radon.

Test Your Water

The health department recommends you test your well annually for bacteria, every three to five years for chemicals, and anytime you notice a change in the water. Provided is a List of Certified Laboratories along with more information including requirements for testing your well if you are selling your house. If you are looking for basic information on maintaining your well and assuring safe drinking water visit Wellowner.org or the Centers for Disease Control and Protection.