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If properly designed, constructed, and maintained, your septic system can provide long-term, effective treatment of household wastewater. Septic systems should be maintained regularly, based on the size and use of your tank.  Pumping and regular maintenance of your system:

  • extends the life of your tank and lateral lines
  • protects against groundwater contamination
  • reduces nutrient loading into nearby waterways – protecting drinking water, wildlife habitat, and water quality

Routine septic pump-outs (typically every 3 – 5 years depending on your tank’s size and usage) will cost you around an average of $150-$200 per pump-out.

When a septic tank and lateral field reach a point of failure, it can cost up to tens-of-thousands of dollars to replace. Don’t let your septic system get to a point where it fails!

For more information on septic system maintenance CLICK HERE.

Taney County Pumpout Program

If you live in Taney County (pink area on map at right) you may be able to have 100% of your septic tank pumpout cost covered! Contact John Soutee, Taney County Environmental Projects Coordinator, at (417) 546-7238 or by e-mail . Visit the TCES website for additional information.

James River Basin Partnership “Fresh Flush” Pumpout Program


If you live in the James River watershed (blue area on map above), and need to get your septic tank pumped out, you are eligible to receive a $50 rebate as part of the “Fresh Flush” septic pump-out, education and awareness program to help keep septic tanks working properly. This program is administered by the James River Basin Partnership (JRBP) in the upper portion of the watershed and Ozarks Water Watch (OWW) in the lower watershed. 

In order to participate, you will need to contact JRBP or OWW BEFORE pumping out your tank.

Contact JRBP at (417) 836-4847 for the Pumpout Rebate program if you live in the counties of Green, Christian, Webster, Lawrence, or Stone County area ABOVE Galena. You can also fill out an online application at:

Contact OWW at 417-739-5001 if you live in Stone County from Galena south to the convergence of the James and White Rivers. You can also fill out the online application below.

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