As a homeowner, if you’re not on municipal water and sewer services, you are responsible for maintaining your septic system. Proper design, construction, and maintenance of a septic system are essential for the health of your system and your family.
The EPA lists four things you can do protect your septic system:
- Inspect your system every year and pump the tank every 3-5 years, or as necessary
- Use water efficiently
- Don’t dispose of household wastes in sinks or toilets
- Care for your drain field
Septic systems in Montana must meet state, city, and county regulations. Some regulations include having a drain field at least 100 feet away from the nearest 100-year floodplain and the bottom of the drainfield 4 feet above the 100-year flood elevation. Get in touch with your county health/sanitation department to learn about requirements and permits that you will need to install a new septic system.
Guides and Resources:
For more information about your local area’s Septic System requirements, contact your local Health Department.