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October 28th Workshop At MCSP To Focus On Rural Septic Systems

Most of Owen County’s waterways are impaired due to high levels of E. coli. These impaired waterways include Big Creek, Limestone Creek, Jordan Creek, Lick Creek, Sand Lick Creek, Fish Creek, Raccoon Creek, McCormick’s Creek, Mill Creek, Little Mill Creek, and the White River (source: IDEM’s Online e303d Tool). E. coli does not always cause disease in people, but where there is lots of E. coli, there are other things. Where does all of this E. coli come from? One source is fecal matter. How does fecal matter get into the waterways? One source is leaking septic systems.

This does not mean that all septic systems are leaking, but it does mean that people who have homes that use a septic system to treat waste water should educate themselves. You can sit at the computer and use a search engine, or you can come to a free local workshop! The Owen County Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a free septic workshop on Tuesday, October 28, at 7 p.m.. The workshop will be held at the Nature Center inside McCormick’s Creek State Park. Deb Barnhizer from the Indiana State Department of Health will provide a presentation on the basics. Local septic providers will also be present to participate in a question and answer session. These local providers include Staley’s Soil Service, SD Design, Affordable Septic, and Monroe Septic Service. There will be light refreshments provided by SD Design as well as a door prize provided by Affordable Septic and a $100 gift card provided by Todd Septic Tank Service. Try to get that from an Internet search engine!

Please let organizers know that you are interested in learning about your septic by calling to Sara or Kelsey at 812-829-2605 by October 27. Those that are on the RSVP list will have their gate fees covered. If you forget to RSVP, you are welcome to attend, but will have to pay your own gate fee or use a 2014 Annual Entrance Permit.

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