Homeowner Septic System Workshop slated for Nov. 12 in Seguin

SEGUIN — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board will present a Homeowner Septic System Workshop from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 12 in Seguin.

Septic system training

A free Homeowner Septic System Workshop on basic operation and mantenance of septic systems will be held from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 12 in Seguin.  (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

The workshop is free to the public and will be held at the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority’s River Annex, 905 Nolan St.

“The course will provide a basic understanding of the operational and maintenance activities of conventional and aerobic septic systems,” said Ward Ling, AgriLife Extension program specialist, College Station. “It will not certify individuals to maintain their septic system, but will provide a very good introduction to overall system function and maintenance.”

Ling said topics covered will include treatment processes, health and safety considerations, an overview of how to inspect and maintain the system, and instruction on how activities in the home can impact the system.

“The course provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions, including when to pump out a tank and what can and cannot go down the drain,” he said.

Seating is limited, so registration is required. To register, contact Ling at 979-845-6980 or wling@ag.tamu.edu.

In Guadalupe County, homeowners with aerobic systems are required to have a maintenance contract with a licensed service provider for two years after installation, Ling noted. After that time, the homeowner must continue to have their system under a maintenance contract — or they may obtain certification and maintain their own system.

Septic system owners wishing to become certified should consult the Texas Onsite Wastewater Association website to view the schedule for the 16-hour Basic Maintenance Provider Course, which will certify them to maintain their system.

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