Christmas Eve (12/24) – Office Closed
Christmas Day (12/25) – Office Closed
New Year’s Eve (12/31) – Office Closed
New Year’s Day (1/1) – Office Closed
Please note the office may have limited staff between holidays. We wish you the happiest of holidays and a peaceful, prosperous 2019!
Our office will be closed Thurs. Nov. 22 and Fri. Nov. 23, for the Thanksgiving holiday.
We will reopen at 8 am Monday Nov. 26. We wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
Please note that GFA’s offices will be closed on Wednesday July 4, 2018. We will reopen at 8 am on Thursday July 5. Thank you!
We’re kicking off #DrinkingWaterWeek today! Celebrate by thinking about your #tapwater and protecting it at its source. #ProtecttheSource #AWWA
Stop by our booth and say hi!
Townships – Come visit us at the MTA Educational Conference, booth 108!
GFA’s office will be closed Thursday November 23 and Friday November 24 to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen on Monday November 27. Happy Thanksgiving!
Governor Rick Snyder has proclaimed September 18-22, 2017 as SepticSmart Week to encourage homeowners and communities to properly maintain their septic systems.
More than 1.3 million homes and businesses in Michigan depend on septic systems to treat wastewater. If not maintained, failing septic systems can contaminate groundwater and harm the environment by releasing bacteria, viruses, and household toxics to local waterways. Proper septic system maintenance protects public health, the environment, and saves the homeowner money through avoided costly repairs.
Simple tips for homeowners:
- Protect It and Inspect It: Homeowners should generally have their system inspected every three years by a qualified professional or according to their state or local health department’s recommendations. Tanks should be pumped when necessary, typically every three to five years.
- Think at the Sink: Avoid pouring fats, grease, and solids down the drain. These substances can clog a system’s pipes and drainfield.
- Don’t Overload the Commode: Only put things in the drain or toilet that belong there. For example, coffee grounds, dental floss, disposable diapers and wipes, feminine hygiene products, cigarette butts, and cat litter can all clog and potentially damage septic systems.
- Don’t Strain Your Drain: Be water-efficient and spread out water use. Fix plumbing leaks and install faucet aerators and water-efficient products. Spread out laundry and dishwasher loads throughout the day – too much water at once can overload a system that hasn’t been pumped recently.
- Shield Your Field: Remind guests not to park or drive on a system’s drainfield, where the vehicle’s weight could damage buried pipes or disrupt underground flow.
- Pump your Tank: Routinely pumping your tank can prevent your septic system from premature failure, which can lead to groundwater contamination.
- Test Your Drinking Water Well: If septic systems aren’t properly maintained, leaks can contaminate well water. Testing your drinking water well is the best way to ensure your well water is free from contaminates.
EPA’s SepticSmart Program educates homeowners about proper septic system care and maintenance all year long. In addition, it serves as an online resource for industry practitioners, local governments, and community organizations, providing access to tools to educate clients and residents.
For information on SepticSmart Week or tips on how to properly maintain your septic system, visit EPA’s website for septic (http://www.epa.gov/septic).
Please note that our employees will be out of the office this afternoon for a company event. The office is open this morning (8 am – noon). Our regular hours will resume tomorrow morning at 8 am.
Please note the GFA will be closed Tuesday July 4, so that our employees may celebrate the holiday with their families. We will reopen on Wednesday July 5 at 8 am. Thank you!