Little Traverse Lake property owners are connected to each other by our shared lake shoreline and underground water table. At times of higher lake levels low lying septic systems may be compromised or fail. Be a good neighbor and learn how your septic system works and how to have it regularly inspected and maintained.
If you live on or near Little Traverse Lake you are connected to a septic system. Most residents have individual systems on their property, though a few residents on the west end of the Lake share a community septic system.
Saves you money
Regular septic system maintenance fees of $250 to $500 every three to five years is a bargain compared to the cost of repairing or replacing a malfunctioning system, which can cost between $5,000 and $15,000 for a conventional system.
Protects your property value
An unusable septic system or one in disrepair will lower your property value, and potentially can pose a costly legal liability. Our county requires a septic system point of transfer septic system inspection.
Keeps you and your neighbors healthy
Household wastewater contains disease causing bacteria and viruses and high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus. Improperly treated sewage poses the risk of contaminating nearby surface waters, and potentially cause various infectious diseases swimmers, from eye and ear infections to acute gastrointestinal illness and hepatitis from contaminated wells.
Protects the environment
Malfunctioning septic systems release bacteria, viruses, and toxic chemicals. Malfunctioning systems also release nutrients that can feed nuisance algae and energize invasive species if they travel via groundwater to our lake.
If you have not pumped your septic tank in several years, but do not seem to be having any problems, it may mean one of several things:
Since these wastewater systems are located underground, homeowners may overlook having a septic inspection but this is a vital step in making sure your system is operating properly.
Septic system inspections should be done every 1 to 3 years for as long as you own your home and at the point of sale of the property.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recommends the following routine well
Other times to consider testing your water:
Pick up a free test kit with instructions at: Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department, 7401 E Duck Lake Rd # A, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653. You will be instructed to take or mail the samples into a lab in Traverse City with an apx. $15 fee.
Maintaining your well and the surrounding area is important for protecting your drinking water and your health.
Wellhead and Well Cap
Check the wellhead (the part of the well that’s above ground) and the well cap (the part that
covers the wellhead) several times a year. Look at the wellhead casing and cap for any cracks or
openings that shouldn’t be there. The cap keeps rainwater, insects, and small animals from getting
into the well.
Have a registered well driller inspect the well system every 10 years or as needed. The inspection will include the condition of the well, pump, storage tank, piping, and valves. When it’s time for a new well, contact a registered well driller for installation and to properly abandon (plug or seal) the old well.
Look around your well to see if items or materials are nearby that could impact your well. Do not store household or lawn chemicals nearby. Don't allow water to pond near the wellhead. Don't plant shrubs and trees near the well. Keep pet areas 50 ft. from your well. Maintain your septic system.Add an answer to this item.
Do you have a failing septic system or water well? Do you need financial assistance to help with their repair or replacement? Assistance may be available!
Little Traverse Lake Property Owners Association