The Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Commission has granted $1 million to H 2Ozarks for septic system remediation from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. 

The purpose of this project is to improve and protect water quality in the Beaver Reservoir Watershed by remediating failing onsite septic systems.  

Eligible projects must be:

1) Physically located within the  Beaver Reservoir Watershed (HUC 11010001). You can identify your watershed using the  Find My Watershed tool or contact the  Program Manager  for assistance.  

2) Designated as failing by an ADH Environmental Health Specialist from your  County Health Unit

For more information contact us or call 479-866-7220. 

Recently there was a post on social media from a homeowner who had removed their garbage disposal because they learned it was unwise to use with a septic system. Many septic professionals will tell homeowners to limit the use of the garbage disposal, while garbage disposal manufacturers claim their products are perfectly safe for use with septic. 

The truth probably lies somewhere in between.

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by Shelly Dare Smith 

2Ozarks is making a difference in the Ozarks. A Lowell homeowner residing about a mile from Beaver Lake had a septic system that was more than 35 years old. The concrete tank had collapsed, which allowed sewage to surface. This homeowner was eligible for both grant and loan funds through our Septic Remediation Program, so the design and installation expense of about $7,000 cost the homeowner just $700!

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Septic system additives are marketed as part of septic system maintenance, but before using these types of products it is important to understand how your system works to best determine if the product is truly needed. Your septic tank is designed to keep solids, greases, and oils from entering your drain field and causing clogs. Inside the tank is an environment of bacteria that works to break down solids into gasses and liquids, and other materials inside the tank that cannot be broken down…

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Septic Additives, is it needed?

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If you have a septic system, now is a good time to learn about how to care for your system in freezing temperatures. Other ways you can prepare for cold temperatures: 

Signs that your system may be frozen – Toilets will not flush. Sinks are not draining. This includes all kitchen and bathroom drain – if frozen these are essentially “ clogged” with ice. Appliances like the washing machine and dishwasher will not drain.

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by Shelly Dare Smith