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    Public Health


    Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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    645 Parfet Street
    Lakewood, CO 80215

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    Lakewood Clinic

    645 Parfet Street Lakewood, CO 80215
    Fax: 303-239-7088

    WIC (Women, Infants, & Children) in Arvada

    6303 Wadsworth Bypass Arvada, CO 80003
    Fax: 303-275-7503

    WIC in Edgewater

    1711 A & B Sheridan Blvd Edgewater, CO 80214
    Fax: 303-239-9592

    WIC in Lakewood - 645 Parfet Street, 80215

    email: kharris@jeffco.us
    Fax: 303-239-7023

  • Care and Feeding of Your Onsite Wastewater Treatment System or Individual Sewage Disposal System


    One of the most important factors in proper OWTS operation is being careful of what goes into the system. An OTWS is designed to treat only household wastewater. Although typical household soaps and cleaners should not cause a problem, liquids such as paints, solvents, thinners, pesticides, or photographic chemicals should never be poured down the drain. These materials can damage your system and seriously pollute the groundwater.

    Likewise, items such as disposable diapers, cigarette butts and sanitary napkins should be kept out of the system. Kitchen wastes such as bones, eggshells and coffee grounds do not readily decompose and should be thrown out rather than put through the garbage grinder.

    Grease is probably the worst enemy of your OTWS; pans should be wiped clean prior to washing and excess grease or drippings should never be poured down the drain.

    Unlike a public sewer, your OTWS is designed to accept a certain sewage flow (about 75 gallons per person per day) with a safety factor for peak water use periods. Prolonged overloading of the system may result in sluggish drains, backups, or surfacing of sewage in the bed. Therefore, it is recommended that heavy water use be spaced; don't do multiple loads of laundry back to back or permit three or four showers to be taken in a row. This will allow the system to accept the flow evenly without serious overloading.

    Take a look at the Septic System Maintenance brochure Download Adobe Reader from Downloads Page for more information.


    Last Updated: 2-27-2015