From Grand Lake/Wabash Watershed Alliance Coordinator Laura Walker:

FLUSH!  Where does it go?
Are you on central sewer?  Do you have a septic system?  Do you know how to make sure it is functioning?  If you have a septic system, it needs pumped every 3-5 years, depending on the size of your household.  You may also need to clean your filter, depending on the type of system installed.  If you are on central sewer, you should occasionally check to make sure everything is functioning as expected.  For more details on how to do this check, see . 
In the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed your neighbors may have recently replaced their failing septic system.  Septic systems can fail for many reasons.  Some include:
  • Over 25 years old
  • Poor maintenance
  • Improper installation
  • A proper system was never installed.  
Recently replaced systems may have taken advantage of cost share through a 319 grant hosted by Mercer Soil and Water Conservation District.  The Grand Lake/Wabash Watershed Alliance and the Mercer County Health Department have partnered to accomplish this grant.  
By the end of the month the program is expected to have completed the following:
  • 17-Failing Septic Systems Replaced
  • 5-Failing Septic Systems Repaired
If you have questions about your septic system contact Chris Miller or Michelle Kimmel at the Mercer County Health Department, 419-586-3251.  For questions about central sewer contact Mercer County Solid Waste District, 419-584-1982.
Applications are available for those in need of replacing their septic system and who meet specific poverty guidelines.  For more information on this new program, contact Mercer County Health Department.  This program is available across the county for a limited time.