Casco Township Regular Meeting Dates For 2005
January 4 February 1
All Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
A Guide To Your Septic System
1. Septic System Do’s and Don’ts
Septic systems can provide safe, environmentally sound treatment of your home’s wastewater; however, living with a septic system requires a little more responsibility than begin connected to a city sewer. When septic systems are properly maintained, they effectively reduce or eliminate human health and environmental threats posed by pollutants in wastewater. Follow this simple list of septic system do’s and don’ts to provide effective, long-term treatment of your household wastewater.
DO have your septic tank pumped once every three to five years.
DO use water efficiently to avoid overloading the system.
DO landscape properly. Tree and shrub roots can cause damage.
DO keep all vehicles, livestock and cement of the drain field.
DO mark the boundaries of your drain field as a reminder.
DO keep records of repairs, pumping, inspections and permits.
DON’T use a kitchen garbage disposal unit. Use can require the need for more frequent pumping.
DON’T fertilize the soil over a drain field.
DON’T stockpile snow or soil on your drain field.
DON’T allow downspouts, water softener or sump pumps to drain to your drain field.
DON’T use chemicals or additives to clean your system, except on the advice of the Health Department.
2. Why You Should Maintain Your Septic System
When septic systems are adequately designed, carefully installed and properly maintained, they effectively reduce or eliminate most human health and environmental threats posed by pollutants in wastewater.
Saves You Money: Have your septic system pumped once every three to five years is a bargain when you consider the cost of replacing the entire system. Failing septic systems are expensive to repair or replace and poor maintenance is often the culprit.
Protects Your Home Investment: And unusable septic system or one is disrepair will lower your property value and could pose a legal liability. To sell your home, the disposal system has to be in good working order.
Protects Your Health: The safe disposal of sewage prevents the spread of infection and disease, and protects groundwater resources. Inadequately treated sewage can be a cause of groundwater contamination, posing a significant threat to wells and drinking water.
3. How To Properly Maintain Your Septic System
When properly maintained, your septic system can provide long-term, effective treatment of your household or business’s wastewater.
Pump Frequently: Your system should be pumped once every three to five years.
Use Water Effectively: Using more water than the soil can absorb is the most common reason for failure.
Watch Your Drain: What goes down your drain can have a major impact on how well your septic system works. A garbage disposal take a lot of water to move scraps down the drain. Composting is a better way to recycle kitchen scrapes.
Care For Your Drainfield: Plant only grass over and near your septic system. Don’t drive or park vehicles on any part of your septic system. Keep roof drains, water softeners, sump pumps away from the drain field.
4. What To Do When Your Septic System Fails
Contact the St. Clair County Health Department, Division of Environmental Health at (810) 987-5306, Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 4:30pm. Do not wait for the system to fail before pumping the septic tank. Once a system fails, it is usually too late to pump the tank. Do not place more soil over a saturated drain field; this does not fix the system and effluent may soon surface again. Do not pipe the sewage to a road ditch storm sewer or nearby body of water. This is illegal and creates a health hazard by polluting fishing, swimming and drinking water.
Warning signs of a failing system include odors, surfacing sewage, wet spots or lush vegetation in the drain field; plumbing or septic tank back-ups, slow draining fixtures or gurgling sounds in the plumbing system.
To report an illicit discharge or illegal dumping call our 24-hour, toll free water quality hotline at 877-504-SWIM.
Are sold at Casco Township
December 1st, through March 1st each year
Spayed/Altered dogs are $7.50
Non spayed are $15.00
MARCH 1ST ALL DOGS ARE $30.00
No licenses are sold in November.