Residential properties located within the San Luis Rey Watershed may be eligible for a $100 rebate for having their septic tank pumped and inspected by a licensed septic contractor. A limited number of rebates are available and are limited to one per household). Read the rules for the rebate program for more details, get additional information and sign up for the program at www.missionrcd.org/SLRrebates/.
It is important to frequently inspect and pump the septic tank and system to guard against septic system failure. Failed septic systems not only cause an unpleasant mess (sewage can back into the house) but it can be costly fix the problem.
Preventative measures, such as properly maintaining the system and knowing what not to put into the system, can save the homeowner a lot of time, energy and money! Guidelines for maintaining a healthy septic system are discussed in detail in the on-line Septic System Rebate Program website.
A few tips found on the website also include avoiding overloading the system with water during a short period of time, preventing non-biodegradable solids (such as baby wipes, coffee grounds and cigarette butts) from entering the septic tank and limiting the amount of fats and oils that enter the septic system. The website also specifies how often a septic system should be inspected and pumped based on how many bedrooms are in the house and how many people live in the residence.
For additional program information, or to find out if one’s property is within the San Luis Rey Watershed, contact Karla Standridge at (760) 728-1332 or [email protected]
To sign up for the Septic System Rebate Program, go to www.missionrcd.org/SLRrebates/. The rebates are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so act quickly before they run out.