Keeping the waste out of our waters


Dealing with human waste is an issue. Anything that goes down a drain or is flushed down a toilet has to be dealt with. Cities and towns have sewers and treatment plants to deal with waste. In rural areas, homes have in-ground septic systems. Unfortunately not all in-ground septic systems are properly maintained or even properly designed. In counties where homes, rivers and streams intersect, we see septic systems that have failed or have waste pipes that dump directly into an adjacent stream. It’s yucky to think about. Human fecal pollution is hazardous to aquatic life and to … humans. KWA is all too aware of this problem and is working with various agencies and groups to help homeowners make changes.


Last week the Red River Watershed Restoration Project with Eastern Kentucky Pride installed its fourth septic system on a property adjacent to Swift Camp Creek. And with continued assistance from KWA, they will be installing two or three more in the near future, depending on weather. 100% of the cost of these installations is covered for those who qualify (households at or below the 100% poverty level) and live within the priority area of Swift Camp Creek watershed.


The homes along the Swift Camp Creek are targeted because the creek is impaired and its watershed is a smaller sub-watershed within the larger Red River watershed.


We hope that someday all straight-pipe and failed sewage systems will be eliminated. Our waterways are simply too beautiful, too important and too precious to be subjected to pollution.