Video PSAs Teach Importance of Septic System Maintenance

The National Environmental Services Center at West Virginia University announced the availability of three video public service announcements (PSAs) about the importance of septic system maintenance to the homeowner, the environment, and water quality.

Funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the PSAs reflect the center's ongoing commitment to effective wastewater treatment and source water protection.

Presented in a humorous light, each brief video drives home the message that homeowners can for safeguard our drinking water through proper septic tank operation and maintenance.

"As many as one-fourth of all new houses in the U.S. have septic or other onsite systems to treat their wastewater," says Gerald Iwan, Ph.D., NESC's executive director. "Therefore, proper maintenance of these systems to prevent costly failures makes particular economic sense today, as well as being an important component to protecting source water quality and the public health. Because we live in a visual age and many, many people get information from television and the Web, it just makes sense to help spread the message through these brief PSAs."

NESC encourages communities to freely use these PSAs as part of a public awareness campaign to protect source water.

To view the announcements, visit