Well and Septic

Regular inspection and frequent pumping are an important part of septic system maintenance. The average household septic system should be inspected at least every three years by a septic service professional and pumped out every three to five years. 

Trash is a common source of problems for septic systems. Many items should not be disposed of in a septic system, such as cooking grease, cat litter, diapers, household chemicals, coffee grounds, and "flushable" wipes. These items generally cannot be digested by bacteria, or can clog drainpipes and bind drain fields. 

Water softeners should not be discharged into floor drains that lead to your septic system. The salt content can interfere with the bacteria levels within the system. 

The Health Department (LCHD) offers the service of performing well and septic evaluations at existing properties.  These services are most often requested when a property transaction (either a sale or a refinancing) is taking place, and in many cases is required by a lender and/or buyer.  A fee for this service is charged, contact  Lake County Health Department.

Visit  Barrington Area Council of Governments for information on water testing and private well water testing events.

Here's some helpful information from for well owners!

About is a free service for well owners, and those that work with them, to raise awareness of private well issues and help well owners understand their responsibilities in being a good steward of their well and water source. The Private Well Class is a collaboration between the Rural Community Assistance Partnership and the University of Illinois, through the Illinois State Water Survey, and funded by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.