Wastewater from aging septic systems throughout Southampton Village, not just those homes near the lake, are the largest source of nitrogen entering Lake Agawam through groundwater flow. When the wastewater reaches the lake, nitrogen promotes the growth of toxic blue green algae that poses a serious human and animal health threat. The single most effective thing everyone in our community can do to improve our water quality is to install low nitrogen septic systems. That is why local governments have been subsidizing the installation of state-of-the art low nitrogen systems.
If you are not yet ready to replace your existing system, please be sure to maintain the one you have.
Here are some useful links to help you navigate upgrading your current system so that you can find the best septic system for your home and take advantage of rebates.