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Homeowners May Qualify for Septic Tank Pumpout Rebate

It's easy to flush the toilet and forget about it. But, if you own a septic tank, each time you flush, you might be contributing to water pollution, especially if you live near a lake. That's why Table Rock Lake Water Quality, Inc. is offering $50 rebates to homeowners around the lake, if they have their septic tanks pumped out. Michele Skalicky has more.

The money comes from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and is given to Table Rock Lake Water Quality, Inc. by the MO Department of Conservation.

James River Basin Partnership started the original pumpout program, but Table Rock Lake Water Quality expanded it into the Table Rock Lake area.

Those who apply for a rebate first get a visit from someone at Table Rock Lake Water Quality. Gopala Borchelt is the organization's projects director.

Once a homeowner has done the visit and had their septic tank cleaned out, they can receive their $50 rebate. Borschelt hopes the rebate program will result in a cleaner lake down the road.

According to Borschelt, how often a homeowner should have their septic tank cleaned out varies according to things like the size of the tank and the number of people living in the home, but, on average, it's every 2 to 5 years. She says pollution by septic tanks is a problem in the Table Rock Lake area.

To find out more about the septic tank pump out rebate program call Table Rock Lake Water Quality, Inc. at 417-739-4100.