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Tips for maintaining septic systems

The attached document offers more than a dozen helpful suggestions for homeowners on the care and maintenance of their septic systems. It was written by retired State of Maine Soil Scientist David Rocque, who developed these tips over 45 years working as a soil scientist.


Rocque will talk about these recommendations during a public presentation at 7 Lakes Alliance at noon Thursday, July 6. 7 Lakes' offices are located at 137 Main St. in the Belgrade Lakes village. The presentation is free and open to all. Guests are welcome to bring their lunches.


Rocque graduated from the University of Maine in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in forest management and a minor in soils. In 1985, he joined the State of Maine's Septic System Program as the State Site Evaluator, a job in which he licensed site evaluators (septic system designers). In 1988, he joined the Maine Department of Agriculture as the State Soil Scientist. He worked in that position until his retirement in 2021. He is a licensed site evaluator, licensed soil scientist and a licensed forester.

Septic System User Notes
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