White Earth Band of Chippewa Individual Septic Treatment


The improper location, design, installation, use and maintenance of individual sewage treatment systems adversely affects the public health, safety, and general welfare by the discharge of poorly treated sewage to the ground surface, surface waters, and ground waters.


The White Earth Septic System Ordinance has been established to set minimum standards and guidelines when designing for and installing subsurface sewage treatment systems.




 Tank Maintenance



It is extremely important to take care of your septic tank and have it pumped regularly.  If access can be made to the large size manhole of your tank it should be pumped out from there.  Tanks cannot get effectively pumped out when done through a small 6 inch pipe out of the ground.  If you never or for long periods of time pump your tank it can fill solid with waste, junk and debris.  This makes it difficult for water to pass through and cause failure, backup or surfacing.


Caring for your tank and septic system.

  • No diaper wipes or wipes alike can be flushed into the septic system (even if they say flushable).
  • No toilet cleaning sponges or cloths can be flushed into the septic system (even if they say flushable).
  • No part of female feminine or sanitary items can be flushed into the septic system.  Do not flush condoms down the toilet.
  • No Q-tips, cigarettes, filters, hair, NO grease, toys, etc. can be flushed into the septic system.
  • Chemicals or harsh agents should not be flushed into the septic system. (i.e. paints, thinners, certain cleaners).
  • During winter keep people, pets and recreation vehicles off the soil treatment area to prevent freeze up.  Do not drive vehicles on treatment area any time of the year.
  • Spread laundry washing over the week not all in one day. Do not overload septic with laundry use.
  • You need to have the septic tank pumped at least once every three years for proper maintenance.


Remember your tank and septic system is not a garbage disposal. Treating it like one will fail your system and corrections are costly.



Alternative Treatment


Research new technologies and solutions to provide alternatives to current treatment standards.

Some hydraulic failures (drain field surfacing or overloading) of onsite systems are being corrected by using aeration technology. This can provide a more cost saving measure than replacing an entire system when existing conditions can meet minimal standards.




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