The UNL Extension fall training
for onsite professionals is scheduled.

The brochure is now available.

Pumping the septic tank

As a result of Extension programming, Nebraskans benefit from improved water quality and a cleaner environment.

Extension at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is actively involved in programming that helps homeowners, industry, and youth audiences understand onsite wastewater treatment systems for handling domestic sewage.

Treatment of wastewater using onsite systems, such as septic tanks and drainfields, plays a very important role in protecting the water and environment of Nebraska and supporting economic development. Sharon Skipton, Extension Educator, and Jan Hygnstrom, Extension Project Manager at UNL, are available for homeowner workshops. Contact them at 402-472-3662.

Since wastewater contains pathogens and byproducts that are harmful to humans and the environment, onsite systems must be correctly installed and maintained by a certified professional. Wayne Woldt, Biological Systems Engineering and School of Natural Resources, will be offering training programs for onsite professionals, taken in preparation for certification exams as well to meet continuing education requirements.

Contact Bonita at 402-472-9390 if you have questions about training, or ideas for future topics.


Information presented within the onsite wastewater treatment section of this Water Web site has been reviewed by University of Nebraska - Lincoln Onsite Wastewater Team members Jan Hygnstrom, Sharon Skipton, and Wayne Woldt.

Did you know?

new Septic Tank Pumping

When did you last have your septic tank pumped? If you can't remember and don't have records, schedule to have it pumped by a certified professional. This is a great time to have your system checked, before professionals get busy this spring and summer with new installations. The professional will be able to give you an idea of the best pumping interval for your system, depending on your water usage and size of the tank.