I have a mound POWTS and I want to landscape it. Can I plant trees and shrubs on or around it?

If you want to put plantings on or near your POWTS you should plant species of plants that have a herbaceous root system. If you select plants that have a woody root system and plant them very close to, or on top of, the absorption field it will experience root problems. The roots from this plant group tend to grow or migrate in the direction of a moisture source and work their way into the piping network. Once inside the network the roots begin to clog the piping. Given sufficient time the roots will cause system failure. The alternative to a woody root plant species could be flowers or wildflower seeding.

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1. When do I need a sanitary permit for a POWTS?
2. How do I get a sanitary permit?
3. My septic system is not working anymore. How do I get it replaced with another septic system that works?
4. Does it matter if I do all my laundry in one day?
5. How long are soil tests (perk tests) for Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (POWTS) good for?
6. Why do I need a sanitary permit?
7. How long is a sanitary permit good for?
8. I have heard of County sanitary permits – When are these issued?
9. Do mound systems really work?
10. Can anybody install a Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (POWTS)?
11. Can I have a food waste grinder installed in my home even though I have a POWTS?
12. How often should I pump my treatment tank(s)?
13. Are two-chamber or multi-chamber septic tanks better for your POWTS than single chamber tanks?
14. Does having a two-chamber septic tank help to reduce the maintenance frequency of my effluent filter?
15. How often do I have to service the effluent filter in my septic tank?
16. Is there financial assistance available for property owners whose POWTS has failed and needs to be replaced?
17. I see advertisements that say “if I buy this product I can reduce the pumping cost for my septic tank.” Does this really help?
18. How are Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (POWTS) sized?
19. I want to get a zoning permit for my building addition, so why can’t I use my recent private onsite wastewater treatment system (powts) evaluation that was done for the home I just purchased?
20. I have a mound POWTS and I want to landscape it. Can I plant trees and shrubs on or around it?