How to Protect Your Septic System & Conserve Water

May 25, 2022

How to Protect Your Septic System & Conserve Water

You're paying for water, but you don't get to use it as much as you want. The city water bill seems like a ripoff. Not only do you want to cut down on the water bill, but you want to reduce water consumption for the health of your septic tank. So how can you cut down on water usage? There are many ways you can cut down on your water consumption without having to compromise your lifestyle! As your local septic company, we offer a new way to limit your wastewater with our high-quality septic tank pumps. With our pumping services at Septic Blue of Charlotte, you can be assured that we can help keep your septic tank healthy with periodic septic tank pumping.

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You may picture someone living in a remote village or desert when you think of conserving water. But the truth is that we all need to preserve our water resources. The average American home uses around 400 gallons of water per day, and most of this water is used for things that don't need it — such as flushing the toilet or taking long showers.

Septic systems are designed to treat wastewater onsite and release it into the ground. However, if there is too much water in a short period, the system can become overloaded and fail. Septic systems are a critical component of homes and businesses. They remove waste from your home and send it to the local wastewater treatment plant, where it is treated and returned to the environment. However, if you are not properly maintaining your septic system, you could be putting yourself and your family at risk for serious health problems.

Water-Saving Toilet

If you have a water-saving toilet, use it as much as possible. Even if you don't have one, you can save water by flushing less often and using the toilet only for human waste. Don't flush anything except toilet paper or human waste down the toilet.

Space Out Water Use

It is essential not to use too much water at any one time. When washing dishes or clothes, space out the loads so that all of them are not washed at once. This will allow the septic tank to fill up with water between loads and give it time to process all of the material before adding more waste. This is especially true if you suddenly have guests when the water consumption increases dramatically.

Wash Full Loads of Laundry and Dishes

Washing full loads of laundry or dishes help protect your septic system by preventing overloading the drain field. The larger debris you put down your drains, including food particles and grease, can clog up your drain field lines, leading to backups in your home or business that can cause sewage backup in basements or other areas. To protect your septic system and prevent blockages, wash full loads of laundry and dishes instead of doing multiple small loads throughout the day.

Low Flow Showerheads

Low flow showerheads are a simple and effective way to conserve water. This simple device can cut your water usage by 50%. All you have to do is replace your current showerhead with one that uses less water. There are two types of low-flow showerheads: aerators and restrictors.


This is the most common type of low-flow showerhead. It uses less water by creating a smaller stream of water with air bubbles in it. The air bubbles help to reduce the flow rate without reducing pressure. The downside is that these units tend to clog up over time, making them difficult to cleanout.


The second type of low flow unit is called a restrictor showerhead. This type of device is designed to reduce the amount of pressure coming out of your faucet by restricting the amount of water. The benefit is that these units can last longer than aerators because they don't clog up as easily, and they don't require cleaning out as often either!

Turn Off Faucet When Shaving and Brushing Teeth

Don't let the water run while shaving or brushing your teeth, this is one of the easiest ways to reduce water use without sacrificing convenience. If young children in the home need help washing their hands, teach them to turn off the faucet after washing their hands and before lathering them up again.

Don't Take Long Showers

The average shower uses about 25 gallons of water per minute. If you take one 10-minute shower every morning, you could use as much as 50 gallons of water in just one day! If you take two showers a day, that jumps up to 100 gallons per day. To conserve water, limit your showers to five minutes or less and avoid baths altogether if possible.

Use Water Saving Appliances

You can further reduce the amount of water used in your home by using energy-efficient appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers, which use less than half the water compared to traditional models.

Septic Blue of Charlotte

Septic Blue of Charlotte is here for all your septic tank needs. Septic tanks are the most reliable and cost-effective way to eliminate wastewater, and they provide continuous odor and bacteria control and a barrier against groundwater contamination. It's always best to keep your system in tip-top shape. And Septic Blue of Charlotte provides quick repairs, comprehensive inspections, septic tank pumping, and long-term maintenance plans at competitive prices.

Call us today or request an estimate online to learn more about our services and solutions.