Van Buren Conservation District

Covid-19 Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and recent uptick in cases in Michigan, the Van Buren Conservation District is primarily working from home. Email is the best way to reach us, as we are checking voicemails infrequently. Please visit the staff link to obtain the staff member's email address that is appropriate for your inquiry. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we do our part to keep our staff and the rest of the community safe!

Septic Systems

A Septic Smart Van Buren County

Protect It & Inspect It! You can help protect the environment and public health by having your septic system regularly serviced every 1-3 years. Local Septic Companies that Pump, Inspect and/or Install Septic Systems in Van Buren County.

Think at the sink! Use water efficiently to maintain the life of your septic system. Limit the use of your garbage disposal (compost instead!) and avoid rinsing coffee grounds or pouring grease into the sink.

Don’t Overload the Commode! Your toilet is not a trashcan, flushing non-degradable products can clog your system and cause sewage to back up into your home or flood your yard. Do not flush anything besides human waste and toilet paper. The Do’s and Don’ts of your Septic System

Pump Your Tank! Did you know a typical septic tank needs to be pumped every 3-5 years on average?  Properly caring for a septic system can be challenging if you’ve never owned a septic system before. Local Septic Company Contacts!

Don’t Strain Your Drain! Putting the wrong items into your septic system can put the health of your family and neighbors at risk and result in expensive repairs for your system. Medications, prescriptions, vitamins, and other supplements should not be flushed. Red Med Box provides local locations to recycle these items for free.

Shield Your Field! Love gardening? Your septic system does not! Be careful where you plant as roots can clog the stone and damage the pipes in your drain field. Parking your car or placing heavy objects on top of your drain field can also damage it.

Keep it Clean! Properly maintaining your septic system helps to prevent contamination to your drinking water well. Test the cleanliness of your well water regularly to keep your family healthy. Water Testing Information!