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Contact: Phillip Miller, DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship, 302-739-9921, or Hilary Valentine, Delaware Tech Environmental Training Center, 302-259-6384 or

DNREC releases educational series of septic
system videos for Delaware homeowners

DOVER (April 8, 2014) – DNREC’s Divisions of Water and Watershed Stewardship have released a three-part video series on septic systems for educating Delaware residents on the importance of properly maintaining functioning systems as well as explaining how failing system affects human health, the environment and surrounding wildlife. In the series, Hilary Valentine, head of Delaware Technical and Community College’s Environmental Training Center in Georgetown, takes viewers on a tour of the school’s onsite systems training lab to learn about the many different types of septic systems, and details the progression of improved technology over the years.

The septic systems video series provides a general overview of septic systems and uses working models to outline the different elements of each system. System failure and the associated risks are addressed, along with helpful maintenance tips that will extend the lifetime of septic systems and reduce health risks and environmental impact.

Hilary Valentine also explains how homeowners with low to moderate income can take advantage of DNREC’s Septic Rehabilitation Loan Program, which provides low or no-interest financing for replacing failing septic systems and cesspools with on-site wastewater disposal systems that will function in an environmentally sound and cost effective manner. The loan is secured by a mortgage lien on the rehabilitated property. This program is managed by DNREC’s Financial Assistance Branch with technical assistance from the Ground Water Discharges Section.

The videos can be found on the DNREC YouTube Channel at the urls below:

·         Systems Overview:

·         Failure & Risks:

·         Maintenance: 

This DNREC effort supports Governor Markell’s Clean Water for Delaware’s Future initiative – a comprehensive plan for cleaning up Delaware’s bays, rivers and streams so they meet water quality standards for drinking, swimming and supporting fish and other aquatic life. The plan accelerates a wide range of clean water projects that protect public health and safety, improve water quality, increase the resiliency of Delaware’s communities to storms and flooding, support our multi-billion dollar tourism and agriculture industries, create jobs and bolster the economic revitalization of our towns and cities.

Vol. 44, No. 103

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