What Can You Do?

Ideally, all properties in urban Miami-Dade County should be connected to the sewer system. However, our sewer system desperately needs maintenance and upgrades before that can happen. Until this can be done, there are ways to keep your septic system properly maintained to prevent leaks and contamination.

  • Have the system pumped out and inspected by a professional every three years.

  • Do not put grease or non-biodegradable materials down the toilet or sink.

  • Do not flush paint thinners, polyurethane, anti-freeze, pesticides, disinfectant, water softeners, or other strong chemicals.

  • Do not flush materials such as diapers, wipes, cigarette filters, feminine products, cat litter, or plastic that cannot be processed by a septic tank.

  • Do not plant trees within 30 feet of your system or park/drive over the system.

Check the Miami-Dade County website for more ways to properly maintain your septic system.