Buchanan County, Iowa

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Environmental Health

Flooded Private Sewage Disposal Systems

Flooding of a private sewage disposal system, more commonly referred to as a septic system, can be a hazardous situation for homeowners.  It may lead to a back-up of sewage in the home, contaminated drinking water, and lack of sanitation.  While you do not have control over rainfall or flooding in your area, you can prepare for high water problems and respond to emergency flooding.  Use the resources listed below for steps you can take to prepare your private sewage disposal system for a flood as well as what you should and should not do during and after a flood.

Flooded Private Sewage Systems: Safety, Sanitation, and Clean-Up Concerns - IDPH