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Keeping our water & sanitary sewer system running smoothly

It’s almost spring so time to think about your lawn’s fitness program. Healthy lawns need good roots to stay ahead of weeds and look great. A good root system requires soil that allows air, nutrients and water to get to it. To keep lawns at their best, they need to be aerated once a year. That usually means renting an aerator machine to run over the lawn. Aerators pull small plugs of soil out of the lawn, giving roots room to grow, get water, and food. Spring and fall are good times to aerate.

Do you have a well or septic system? Oregon State University and the City of Albany are offering a free class designed for rural residents to learn the basics of drinking water wells and septic systems to protect the health of their families, neighbors and animals; their property investment; and the safety of groundwater. Class is tentatively scheduled for early April. Contact Kim Kagelaris at 541-791-0087 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

flushed_rags_4-12The introduction of various “flushable” products into the wastewater collection system has changed the characteristics of sewage. While products such as moist towellettes, facial tissues, feminine hygiene products, dental floss and cotton swabs will flush down the toilet, they can hang up in your pipes, the City’s sewer system, or further downstream. For information about what should and should not go down your drains, click What Not to Flush.