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If you rely on a residential septic system for your residential waste disposal, you know that conserving water is extra important to keep your tank from getting full too fast. Residential septic systems have a limited capacity for wastewater.

Here are some tips to help you avoid overloading your system:

Fix Leaks Immediately
We receive countless calls for residential septic system pumping or maintenance that is due to a leaky faucet or toilet in the home. Not only can minor leaks waste water and increase your water bill, but they can also fill your septic system up faster and cause other problems.



Fill It Up
Make it a habit to only run the washer and dishwasher when they are full. Think about how many times have you have run the dishwasher when it was only half full or done a load of laundry that contained only a few pieces of clothing. In order to conserve water, make a commitment to yourself to only run these appliances when they are completely full.

Space Out Your Laundry
If you do several loads of laundry in the same day, you could put unnecessary pressure on your septic system. Try to space out your loads of laundry throughout the week.

Practice Good Water Habits
There are a multitude of ways to conserve water around the home that require only a small shift in your normal habits. Stop running the tap while you soap up your hands or brush your teeth; take shorter showers and think about the water you use every day. Small changes can make a big difference

Replace Your Shower Head
Replacing your existing shower head with a low-flow model can cut your water consumption with every shower.

Install High-Efficiency Toilets
Flushing toilets account for nearly 1/3 of all household water use. Many older homes have toilets with 3.5- to 5-gallon reservoir tanks as opposed to the newer, high-efficiency toilets that use roughly 1.6 gallons of water or less per flush. Replacing existing toilets with low-flow models will greatly reduce the amount of household water entering your septic system.



Get your family on board! Water conservation to reduce the amount of water in your septic system requires a commitment from everyone in your family. Let them know what steps they should take to do this and help them develop water-saving habits that benefit your septic system and your budget.

At West Coast Sanitation, we know that you don’t have time to deal with septic problems. If you think that your system has reached capacity, please give us a call right away. We have professionals ready to answer your questions and get your system working properly again. Call us today (951) 780-5922

3 thoughts on “Water Conservation Tips for Residential Septic Systems”

  1. I liked that you had mentioned that it can be important to only run washers or dishwashers when they’re full to avoid wasting any water. My wife and I have been looking for ways that we can save money and we haven’t been sure about what to do to get us there. We’ll work on only running things when they’re full, but we might have to look into getting a wastewater system in this case.

  2. I really liked your tip to get a high-efficiency toilet for water conservation. This is a great tip because it will mean reducing the bill and the impact on the environment. My fiance and I moved into a new home with septic systems so this will help us with the transition.

  3. My wife and I just moved into a home with a septic tank, so thanks for these tips on how to conserve water. I like that you suggest spacing our your laundry loads throughout the day so it doesn’t put as much pressure on the tank. We’ll be sure to start doing laundry only at certain times of the day.

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