Reminder To Area Residents During SepticSmart Week In VA

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is joining with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) in recognizing September 16-20, 2019 as SepticSmart Week throughout Virginia. SepticSmart
Week is an annual outreach initiative to remind homeowners and communities on the importance of
maintaining their onsite sewage disposal systems (septic systems). VDH estimates there are one
million homes served by onsite sewage systems in Virginia. In the Piedmont Health District which
contains Amelia, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, and Prince Edward
Counties, the majority of homes are on septic systems.
Failure to maintain and service a home's septic system can lead to system back-ups and overflows;
which can result in costly repairs, polluted local waterways and risks to public health and the
environment.