Septic system owners in the Silver Creek Watershed, centered roughly in the Lindale area in Floyd County and extending south into Polk County, may be eligible for up to $1,115 financial assistance to repair or replace a failing system. If you notice there is something wrong with your plumbing system at home or your septic system, you could look into something like septic inspection near me, to find a company that can help you prevent bigger problems.

Septic system owners in the same area whose system is not failing can receive a $200 voucher to be used towards pumping their system by attending one of three one-hour educational classes on septic-system care and maintenance scheduled for 6 p.m., Jan. 28, Feb. 25 and March 31, at the Floyd County Health Department, 16 E. 12th St., Rome.

Septic system owners can contact the Floyd County Environmental Health Office at (706) 295-6316 or the Polk County Environmental Health Office at (770) 749-2253 for help determining eligibility and for additional information about how the financial-assistance program works. Interested owners can also contact the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission at (706)-272-2300, ext., 116.

The program is designed to improve Silver Creek’s water quality and make it safer for fishing and swimming. Tests show the creek, which flows from its headwaters in northern Polk County north through Floyd into the Etowah River, contains contaminants associated with sewage, including organisms that can cause dysentery, typhoid fever, viral and bacterial gastroenteritis and hepatitis A.

The Georgia Department of Public Health’s Northwest Health District Environmental Health Director, Tim Allee, says “while no one is sure about all the sources of contamination in Silver Creek, there’s good reason to suspect that some of it is coming from malfunctioning septic tanks. We’re trying to address that part of the problem.”

According to Allee, “septic system failures are fairly easy to detect by the presence of visible surface discharge with odor and grass and soil discoloration, typically heavy green grass with a black, often shiny, film over the soil area.” To learn more about septic systems, you can access a short video, “Understanding Your Septic System, a Homeowner’s Guide,” by clicking here.

Septic system owners interested in the $200 voucher to use towards pumping their system can register for the next available class by contacting the Floyd County Health Department’s Environmental Health Office at (706) 295-6316 or register on-line.