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Pumper Manual Introduction
This manual explains how to properly pump and dispose of septage, and gives health and regulatory ramifications of improper pumping and disposal.
After reading this manual, you will be able to:
1. Distinguish between domestic septage and commercial or industrial septage.
2. Describe potential risks associated with septage through handling and disposal.
3. Summarize proper pumping procedure.
4. Explain two ways to dispose of septage, giving the benefits and drawbacks of each.
5. List ways to manage to reduce pathogens and attractiveness to vectors when land applying.
Nebraska law requires that the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality must certify those who pump septic tanks.
Why? Septage has some risks. It has the potential to harm human health and to pollute the environment if handled improperly. Also, when wastewater backs up into a home or surfaces in the yard, a pumper is often the first person a resident calls for help. Part of valued customer service is being able to explain how a system works in simple terms to customers and to give ideas for how to maintain a system.
It started as an ordinary day for Sam Smith of Pumpers R Us. He went on a routine pumping call for a septic tank, opened the manhole and was surprised to see the tank was only half full. The homeowner said, "Oh, not even full. I didn't need to call you." Sam countered, "Actually, it's a good thing you did. There's a problem here."
Do you know why a partially filled septic tank is a problem? Could you explain the reasons to a homeowner? This manual will provide answers to questions like these, help you to understand the "why" of regulations, and make it easier for you to explain to your customers why you must follow the regulations.