OXFORD – A “septic social” will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Center next to Flagship Cinema. Participants will learn the facts about additives, water softeners, alternative systems and when to have a system pumped.

Septic socials have been termed the “Tupperware party for septic systems.” It is “the new party trend to get hip on waste management,” said Teri King, marine water quality specialist for the Washington Sea Grant Program.

She has developed the program as a fun way to educate people about their septic systems. Septic socials typically involve a homeowner to host the party, who then allows the home’s septic tank to be dug up and opened. Party-goers are taught to measure the scum layer and the sludge to determine when a tank should be pumped.

While there will be no septic viewing during the session, Deb Kendall from York County Soil and Water Conservation District will give a presentation on managing the septic system. Also on hand to answer questions will be a site evaluator and a septic tank professional. The meeting is being hosted by the Oxford County Soil and Water District.

Refreshments will be served. Those who wish to register or have questions should contact Diantha Turner at 743-5789, ext. 109, or e-mail [email protected]

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