A new report from the US Environmental Protection Agency has found that the nation’s septic tanks are in need of a makeover.
The EPA has found a number of major issues in the system that could affect the water quality of the nation and has put together a list of recommended fixes.
The recommendations include removing the pipes, removing the soil, removing stagnant water, improving the sanitary condition of the tank, and improving the flow of the water.
The agency said the solutions include the following:• Removing pipes and soil from the tanks, which is required by the EPA and is part of the Clean Water Act, and replacing them with a more permeable, non-porous type.• Remaining the same size of the pipes.• Creating a drainage system that provides sufficient water to maintain the same depth.• Reusing the soil in the tanks.• Making sure the tanks are maintained in good condition by maintaining the soil around them.
The report said that the system should be maintained in a safe, sanitary manner.
It said:The agency has also identified significant gaps in the infrastructure to address issues identified and is taking actions to address them.
Read more:What you need to know about water quality:EPA says the nation needs to take more steps to improve the water and sanitation of the septic system, including improving the quality of soil and water around the pipes and removing stagnant and septic water.