User Manual


  • DO familiarize yourself with the location of the electrical control panel and note the number on the panel.  Refer to this number when reporting a malfunction in the system to the district office so that maintenance personnel can identify exactly which unit has the problem.

  • DO call your maintenance provider whenever the alarm comes on; it sounds like a smoke alarm.  The audible alarm can be silenced by pushing the lighted button located directly above the "PUSH TO SILENCE" label on the front of the electrical control panel.  With normal use the tank has a reserve storage capacity good for 24-48 hours.

  • DO be aware that district maintenance personnel will service and maintain all equipment except the inlet plumbing.  Maintenance will be done during normal working hours, except in emergencies. The plumbing from the home to the interceptor tank will be the responsibility of each property owner.

  • DO call ###-####### extension #### should you have any questions concerning billing on your account.  Your monthly sewer charge shall be payable in advance, and is due by the _____ of each month. Any assessment on the installation of the system will be billed and payable every ______ months.

  • DO realize that all legal matters, monthly sewer charges and assessment payments are the obligation and responsibility of the property owner of record. All correspondence will be directed to the owner of record and the owner will be responsible for compliance and informing any tenant users.

  • DO keep accurate records of maintenance & service calls.  The results will be valuable if system problems occur.  Periodic inspections should include an observation of the liquid depth, the color of the scum and effluent, and a check of the sludge and scum thickness.  Make sure that whoever services your tank keeps a complete record, and ask for a copy for your own records.

  • DO practice water conservation.  By reducing the amount of water going into your system you can extend the life of the system and reduce power consumption.  Wash clothes and dishes only when you have a full load.  When possible, avoid several loads in one day.  Take short showers, avoid turning water fixtures on all the way, and don't let water run unnecessarily while washing hands, food, teeth, dishes, etc.

  • DO be aware that a simple toilet float can hang up and result in over 2000 gallons per day of wasted water. Normal household usage ranges from 100 to 200 gallons per day.  Use water-saving devices in the toilet tank, and don't flush unnecessarily.

  • DO clean the lint filter on the washing machine at least as often as the manufacturer recommends, preferably before every load.  This usually takes less than a minute.

  • DON'T accidentally dig up an underground utility with your backhoe.  Before you dig, telephone the One Call number in your area, and the utilities which have underground facilities in the area will come to surface mark their lines.

  • DON'T connect rain gutters or storm drains to your pressure sewer, or allow surface water to drain into it.  This additional water will increase pumping costs, deplete the available capacity of the collection system, and add needlessly to the daily volume of water the treatment facility has to process..

  • DON'T use excessive quantities of water.  Repair leaky toilets, faucets or plumbing fixtures.  Leaky toilets can waste up to 2000 gallons of water in one day.  Take shorter showers; take baths with partially filled tub.  Use water saving devices or methods like reducing the flow or volume of your toilet.

  • DON'T flush undesirable substances into the new sewer.  Flushing flammable and toxic products is dangerous, while other materials such as paper towels, rags, newspaper, cigarettes, coffee grounds, egg shells, sanitary napkins, large amounts of hair and cooking grease are a maintenance nuisance and will also increase the frequency of pumping septage from the tank.

  • DON'T dump recreational vehicle (RV) waste into your septic tank because it will increase the amount of solids entering the septic tank, and the frequency of required septage pumping.  RV waste dumped directly into the screened vault will clog the pump and plug the screen.  Some RV waste may contain chemicals that are toxic or that may adversely affect the biological activity in your tank..

  • DON'T use garbage disposal systems because they also increase the amount of solids entering your tank.  Compost scraps or dispose of your trash.  Collect grease in a container rather than disposing down the drain.  Some items (egg shells, coffee grounds, tea bags, and so forth) are not biodegradable, even ground up.  Dispose of these items in the trash.

  • DON'T use special additives that claim they will enhance the performance of your tank.  Additives do not improve the performance of the septic tank and can cause major damage to your drain field or other areas in the collection system.  The natural microorganisms that grow in your system are sufficient.  These organisms generate their own enzymes for breaking down and digesting nutrients.

  • DON'T try to hook up to a pressure main without the proper tools and supervision.  The sewer mainlines are under high pressure.  Call district personnel for assistance.

  • DON'T drive over your septic system as damage may result.  If your tank is in an area subject to possible traffic, consider putting up an attractive barricade or row of shrubs to discourage traffic unless the tank has been equipped with a special traffic lid.  Depending on the circumstances, the property owner of record may be held financially responsible for damage of this nature.

  • DON'T vandalize or tolerate vandalism of your new sewer system.  Repairs necessitated by abuse or deliberate misuse will be charged to the property owner.  Too many problems can lead to rate increases for everyone.

  • DON'T enter your tank.  Any work to the tank should be done from the outside.  Gases that can be generated in the tank and/or the lack of oxygen can be fatal.  Call your district operator for assistance.

  • DON'T dispose water softener backwash in the tank.  The backwash brine contains high levels of chlorides that can destroy the microorganisms and inhibit the biological digestion that occurs in the tank.  The brine solution also interferes with the solid's sedimentation that occurs in the tank, and may increase the flow through the tank from 25 to 50 percent.

  • DON'T use concentrated chlorine tablets or other chlorine products in your toilet, as the chlorine damages, the rubber seals and gaskets, and may damage other parts of your toilet, causing it to leak, running up your water bill and overloading your septic system.

  • DON'T flush floor wax or rug cleaner into your septic tank.These products will interfere with the normal operation of your septic tank.

  • DON'T flush pool or spa products into your system, and limit your use of bath and body oils, as they can overload your system's digestion capacity.