More research and funding is needed to help understand the severity

By Brett Walton
Circle of Blue

Drip by drip, septic systems, both faulty units and those that pass inspection, are nurturing an undesirable gang of bacteria, parasites, viruses, nutrients, and other contaminants in groundwater, streams, and soil in the United States.

Septic pollution represents an under-the-radar threat to human health in a country in which public and regulatory attention is directed toward centralized wastewater treatment facilities, industrial complexes, and farms.

“People often think, ‘What did I eat?’ and do not think about the source of their drinking water.”

–Joan Brunkard
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention