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We love dogs dearly, but keep their doodoo out of the lake just as you keep out your own. Watch these two videos below to find out why:
Puget Sound video
City of Richland video

Current Date and time: 23/07/2013 - 18:40pm



Come Learn and Earn Up to 50% Off Your Next Septic Tank Pump-out

You may attend any one of four planned workshops around the Lake.

Last Chance This Summer
June 29th, Saturday at 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

WHERE: The Village Market Cafe
2599 St Hwy MM Sunrise Beach
RSVP NEEDED by June 26
See flyer with details here.
RSVP is required to attend the June 29 luncheon and workshop and you must do so by June 26.

SIGN-UP HERE for June 29 Workshop

or call 573-280-2296.


First Workshop (completed): The first of these will be on May 17, 11:30 am at The Stables at Cannon Smoked in Sunrise Beach (Corner of 5-39 and Hwy 5). See flyer with details here.

Second Workshop (completed):
June 1st, Saturday at 11:30, 11:30 AM TO 1:30 PM
WHERE: Camden on the Lake "Toads"
(2359 Bittersweet Rd, Lake Ozark)
See flyer with details here.

Third 2013 Worksho:
June 12th, Wednesday at 11:30 to 1:30 PM
WHERE: Anchor Room,
Parking Lot Level at the Ozark Yacht Club
See flyer with details here.
RSVP is required to attend the June 12 luncheon and workshop and you must do so by June 8.

On-site Wastewater Treatment

The EPA has available Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Manual EPA/625/R-00/008 which provides extensive technical information on proper design of on-site wastewater treatment systems such as septic tank systems. The manual provides up-to-date information on onsite wastewater treatment system (OWTS) siting, design, installation, maintenance, and replacement. It reflects significant advances that the expert community has identified to help OWTSs become more cost-effective and environmentally protective, particularly in small suburban and rural areas.


The overview from that manual reads as follows: Onsite wastewater treatment systems collect, treat, and release about 4 billion gallons of treated effluent per day from an estimated 26 million homes, businesses, and recreational facilities nationwide (U.S. Census Bureau, 1997). These systems, defined in this manual as those serving fewer than 20 people, include treatment units for both individual buildings and small clusters of buildings connected to a common treatment system. Recognition of the impacts of onsite systems on ground water and surface water quality (e.g., nitrate and bacteria contamination, nutrient inputs to surface waters) has increased interest in optimizing the systems' performance. Public health and environmental protection officials now acknowledge that onsite systems are not just temporary installations that will be replaced eventually by centralized sewage treatment services, but permanent approaches to treating wastewater for release and reuse in the environment. Onsite systems are recognized as potentially viable, low-cost, long-term, decentralized approaches to wastewater treatment if they are planned, designed, installed, operated, and maintained properly (USEPA, 1997). ...read the manual

Clean Water Initiative

As background to the LOZ Clean Lake Initiative Prgram, we recommend review of the following:
1. Jan 28 Meeting Minutes
2. Missouri Attorney General Koster's White Paper
3. Jan 27 Video of Koster's Report
4. AG Koster LOZ Recommendations Press Release
5.Past Years Lake Reports

On-site septic systems

Onsite septic systems are individual septic systems on a single lot servicing one home. Many on-site septic sytwems were installed prior to the 1996 on-site septic law regulating these systems. ...read the rest of "Clean Lake Initiative Program"

How Often Should I Pump?

As your system is used, solid materials settle to the bottom of the tank, forming a sludge layer. Grease and lightweight materials float to the surface of the septic tank as scum.

Normally, properly designed tanks have enough space for up to 3 to 5 years' safe accumulation of sludge. When the sludge level increases beyond this point, sewage has less time to settle properly before leaving the tank. As the sludge level increases, more solid wastes escape into the soil absorption system (SAS). If the SAS becomes so clogged that it cannot absorb liquid at the rate at which it enters the tank, the plumbing will "back up" or unsanitary wastewater will bubble to the surface.

Regular pumping helps prevent solids from escaping into the drainfield and clogging soil pores. While pumping frequency is a function of use, it is recommends that systems be pumped at least once every 3 years for homes not having a garbage disposal.

Septic Tank Pump-Out Program

Current Pump-out Program Has Been Completed.
Watch Here For A Future Program

Come Learn How to Care For Your On-site Waste Water System (Septic Tank)

And Save Up To 50% on Pump-out!

Thanks to all those who attended the workshop in Laurie,
and The June 2 Workshop at Porto Cima.
See below for all workshop dates and details:
Remember, RSVP) is required and you must register online below or by phone.

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Watch Video

For a taste of what to expect at the Septic Tank Workshops, watch this Channel 90 LOWA round'table video

If the home's system has a garbage disposal, it should be pumped every year.

Neglecting your system could cause the drainfield to becomes plugged beyond repair. This may force you to replace your existing system with an engineered system that could cost as much as $30,000!


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