Take Action to Protect Indiana Lakes and Rivers

February Pledge of the Month:


Learn more

Indiana has about 800,000 onsite sewage treatment systems.

The state health department estimates that 200,000 of them are failing.

Failing septic systems release bacteria, viruses, and excess nutrients that can contribute to nutrient pollution and algae blooms.

Info from the Indiana State Department of Health about onsite sewage treatment

EPA guides for homeowners

Here’s what you can do!

  • Maintain your septic system.
  • A septic with electrical float switches or pumps should be inspected yearly
  • Other systems can be inspected every 3 years
  • Have the septic tank pumped as recommended by your inspector (usually every 3 to 5 years)
  • Take a Clear Choices Clean Water Pledge!





And please support the Hoosier Environmental Council’s

work to protect Indiana’s water resources.