Straw covers a newly installed subsurface sewage treatment system (SSTS) in the Austin area this summer. For new septic systems that don’t have grass established, straw helps provide an insulating cover to better protect the system during the winter.

Fall great time for septic maintenance

Mower County staff urges septic owners to take helpful steps with their system before winter

A new septic system in the area with straw laid on top due to the lack of established grass.
In January 2020, area septic owners listen to a presentation by Dr. Sara Heger of the University of Minnesota on properly maintaining septic systems. It was part of a free workshop put on by Mower County Environmental Services at Austin’s Jay C. Hormel Nature Center.
A new subsurface sewage treatment system (SSTS) is installed earlier this year in the area.

Formed in 2007, CRWD works to reduce flooding and improve water quality on the Cedar River State Water Trail and its tributaries in southern Minnesota.

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