Onsite Sewage Treatment Program

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The Onsite Sewage Treatment Program (OSTP) protects public health and the environment by improving wastewater treatment through research-based workshops, as well as outreach to homeowners, small communities, professionals and policy-makers. This program is part of the Water Resources Center.

All about septics

Learn about the different types of septic systems, how a septic system works and how to properly maintain your system.

Read all about septics

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System care for every season

A change in the weather can mean a change in maintenance to your septic system. Make sure you're prepared no matter the season.

Prepare your septic system for all seasons

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Septic system owner's guide

Created by the OSTP team, this 33 page guide contains instructions for septic system use and maintenance and includes a pocket folder for record keeping.

Order guide through U of M bookstore