When properly operating, a private sewage system safely treats wastewater by storing sludge and solids in the septic / holding tank and by treating and dispersing wastewater in a soil absorption field. However, a failing system can harm the environment by discharging sewage to the surface, to a lake or stream, or to groundwater. Your private sewage system may not show any apparent signs of failure and yet be failing.
The types of failing private sewage systems are divided into three categories:
Questions concerning a fail system should be addressed to the Bayfield County Planning and Zoning Department at 715-373-6138.