How to Protect Your Septic Tank Through Water Conservation

One of the biggest factors when it comes to the lifespan of your septic tank and septic system is use.

A septic system’s job is to manage your entire household’s waste disposal, after all. And when it is constantly under pressure, it can be susceptible to a number of issues over time. Concrete tanks may crack or leak, clogs can occur, and your drainage field may not be able to keep up with the amount of waste being disposed, leading to a soggy and potentially smelly yard.

So if you want your septic system to last, the first step is to invest in a solidly built tank to begin with. Rotoplas’ lightweight tanks are designed to be resistant to corrosion, cracks, and other common problems that can plague concrete septic ones.

But the next step, once your septic tank is installed, is to focus on water conservation to protect your tank for the long term. Luckily, conserving water is easy with just a few simple changes to your everyday routine.

To minimize the potential impact on your septic tank due to usage, start with these water conservation tips to ensure your septic system never has more than it can handle.


Four Water Conservation Tips for Septic Tank Owners

1. Try low-flow fixtures and appliances.

There are a number of plumbing fixtures that can automatically reduce the amount of water you use, such as low-flow toilets or shower heads.

In addition, modern dishwashers and laundry machines with the Energy Star designation can also save water and money on utility bills, while providing efficient functions throughout.

Check out the EPA’s Watersense Program for more information on fixture and appliance upgrades that can save water throughout the home, automatically.


2. Keep an eye out for leaks

Even the smallest leak can result in gallons and gallons of water going down the drain, so be sure to inspect for leaks regularly.

To save time, turn off all the water in your home, and check out your water meter, if you have one. If the water meter is running after all of your faucets and hoses have been turned off, there’s a good chance of a leak in the house that needs to be addressed.


3. Limit outdoor water use – especially near the drain field

Too much water near the drain field can oversaturate the area. So be sure to place gardens, flowers, and other landscaping elements that require regular watering away from this sensitive area of the yard.

Use pinpointed lawn irrigation systems instead of area-wide sprinklers. And plant native species near the drain field whenever possible, as these plants require less water to be at home in their local environment.


4. Reduce use around the home

There are several ways you can easily reduce your water use. For example, you can:

  • Minimize the number of times you wash dishes or laundry during the week
  • Turn off the faucet when you are brushing your teeth
  • Take shorter showers whenever possible

By making a few tweaks to your water use routine, you’ll boost your water conservation efforts in no time.


Conserving water is clearly good for the environment and good for your utility bills, but it’s also good for your septic system too! Make a few small changes to reap the benefits of a healthy septic system that will last for years to come.

For a helpful post about septic tank maintenance, check out:

And if you own a concrete tank and are having problems, it might be time for an upgrade. See this post on issues with septic tanks and what to do.


For questions about septic tanks, as well as other liquid storage and rainwater harvesting concerns, contact us here. We are happy to help!

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Your water usage can have a lot to do with the lifespan of your septic system. So cut down on your usage with these easy water conservation tips.

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