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Did you know about 25 percent of the U.S. population relies on decentralized-or onsite-wastewater treatment systems? About 95 percent of the onsite wastewater disposal systems are septic systems. Proper maintenance of your septic system helps to avoid potential system problems 

The Mill Creek-Blue River (MCBR) Watershed, a project of the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District, will be hosting a septic maintenance and care workshop with details on a cost-share program for septic maintenance.

The workshop is on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Washington County Government Building conference room, located at 806 Martinsburg Road in Salem.

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The purpose of the Septic Maintenance workshop is to provide education to those who have a septic system on how to maintain, identify issues or concerns, identify the system location if unknown, learn about soil types needed to install a new system, and more. Hear from guest speakers, Soil Scientist, Jim Brown and Washington County Health Department Environmental Specialist, Chris Boling.

Also, participants of the workshop who live the MCBR watershed will be eligible to apply for the cost-share program, which will cover 50% of the cost up to $100 to have a septic system pumped or install a riser on their residential system or up to $150 for both jobs.

Call Whitney Sauerheber, MCBR Watershed Coordinator, at 883-3006 ext. 3 or stop by our office at 801 Anson Street in Salem to learn more about this project.