"In the Ozarks, quality of life is tied to quality of water is tied to economic development. If we lose one, we risk losing all." By Todd Parnell

Septic tanks require pump-out every 2-3 years. Our "Get Pumped" program has helped to keep over a million gallons of effluent from ever reaching our waterways. Now our goal is two 2,000,000 gallons! TABLE ROCK LAKE watershed now eligible to participate!! Contact Table Rock Lake Water Quality Inc. If you live inside the James River Basin (click for map) you qualify for our cost share program if you contact us prior to pumping your tank. Contact Melissa Bettes, Project Manager at melissabettes@missouristate.edu or 417 836-4847 or Sign up now!

A typical septic system has four main components: a pipe from the home, a septic tank, a drainfield sometimes referred to as a leach or lateral field, and the soil. Microbes in the soil digest or remove most contaminants from wastewater before it eventually reaches groundwater.

If properly designed, constructed and maintained, your septic system can provide long-term, effective treatment of household wastewater. If your septic system isn’t maintained, you might need to replace it, costing you thousands of dollars. A malfunctioning system can contaminate groundwater that might be a source of drinking water. The problem in our area is that we have many soil limiting factors such as: shallow to bedrock, high percent of clay and/or fragipans which limits the treatment of the effluent causing groundwater or surface water contamination. Table Rock Lake Water Quality (TRLWQ) has a 319 Stone County project focusing on reducing nutrient pollution of surface waters from septic system failure and to help educate regional population on proper wastewater treatment practices. Cost-share funding is available for 22 homes, but this number will quickly dwindle so contact TRLWQ as soon as possible.

How Often Should I Pump?

You should typically have your septic system pumped at least every 3 years by a professional. Contact JRBP for more information on the cost share program. Alternative systems with electrical float switches, pumps, or mechanical components need to be inspected generally once a year; inspectors should check for leaks and look at the scum and sludge layers in your septic tank this could be a guide to use for how often the system should be maintained. For more information view our "Save our Ozarks Water Quality" brochure.

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Septic tanks require pump-out every 2-3 years. Our "Get Pumped" program has helped to keep over a million gallons of effluent from ever reaching our waterways. Now our goal is two 2,000,000 gallons! TABLE ROCK LAKE watershed now eligible to participate!! Contact Table Rock Lake Water Quality Inc. If you live inside the James River Basin (click for map) you qualify for our cost share program if you contact us prior to pumping your tank. Contact Melissa Bettes, Project Manager at melissabettes@missouristate.edu or 417 836-4847 or Sign up now!

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Sinkhole Protection

Southwest Missouri has many karst features including: caves, losing streams, springs, and sinkholes. Sinkholes are a direct conduit to groundwater sources. Protecting sinkholes means being responsible property owners! There are different ways we can help protect our groundwater supply from sinkhole contamination. Please review our sinkhole brochure (insert sinkhole brochure pdf) or contact us for more information.

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