Rural Homeowner Septic System and Well workshop set for June 8

Otter Tail County is hosting a free informational session to help people understand the basic principles of how a septic system works.

Dr. Sara Heger, Researcher, University of Minnesota Water Resource Center Courtesy photo

Dr. Sara Heger, Researcher, University of Minnesota Water Resource Center Courtesy photo

A Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) representative will be in attendance to provide information and answer questions on private well and water systems.

Dr. Sara Heger, a researcher from the University of Minnesota (U of M) Water Resource Center, and the U of M's Onsite Wastewater Treatment Program will be presenting. Dr. Heger has been with the University Water Resource Center since 1999 and is one of the primary educators for septic professionals in the State of Minnesota. Dr. Heger is also recognized nationally, training septic professionals across the country, as well as serving as President-Elect of the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association. Dr. Heger will demonstrate how to maintain a compliant system to prevent costly repairs and water contamination.

"Clean and safe drinking water is an important part of a healthy environment and protecting public health," states the MDH. "Many of us depend on groundwater as our primary source for drinking water-whether we use a private well, public water supply, or some other groundwater source." MDH staff will provide information on chemicals of emerging concern including pharmaceuticals and personal care products.

The workshop will be held at Thumper Pond on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Thumper Pond is located at 300 Thumper Lodge Road in Ottertail. If you would like to attend this workshop, please RSVP by May 22 to Brittany Walters, Land & Resource Management, at 218-998-8095 or bwaltershttps://ottertailcountymn.us/department/land-resource-management/

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