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Overview of Septic Systems

Each time you flush the toilet or wash something down the drain, you create sewage. Many homes and businesses in South Carolina are served by public or community sewer systems. The rest rely on septic tank systems located on their property. You can download an application for a permit here.

Well designed, well-maintained septic tank systems use nature — bacteria and soil — to break down and filter the waste we flush and rinse away. They can be the safest, most cost-efficient way to treat wastewater.

Septic systems, like private wells, are the homeowner’s responsibility. An improperly used or maintained septic tank system can affect an entire community by causing one or more of the following problems: a breeding area for mosquitoes and other insects, undesirable odors, costly damage caused by sewage backing up inside the home, the spread of serious diseases, and pollution of groundwater, wells, rivers, and lakes.

South Carolina's Challenge

Some septic systems fail to work properly, usually because of poor maintenance. Don’t let yours be one of them —  learn how your septic system works and how to care for it.