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Water Q & A - Elevated water level near a Lagoon

Lagoon, Nebraska Extension Acreage Insights March 2018. http://acreage.unl.edu/enews-March-2018
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Q: Over the past several months I’ve noticed that the water level within my wastewater lagoon continues to increase and stay at a higher than normal level. What is happening with my lagoon?

A: Lagoons, when functioning properly, should maintain near a constant water level. This indicates that discharge into the lagoon from the home is appropriate as is the treatment processes occurring within the lagoon itself.  If the lagoon maintains an elevated water level for a prolonged period of time it may be time to examine operation and maintenance of the lagoon and practices within your home.  More than likely a “spike” in water levels that pushes the water level up within the lagoon is the result of a change of wastewater flowing into the lagoon.  A leak within your home, such as one caused by an issue with the plumbing or appliances, allows a near constant flow of water out of your home into the lagoon.  The lagoon, like all wastewater systems, is designed to handle a daily flow.  Leaks or new fixtures installed within the home after the design of the lagoon increase the amount of wastewater discharged into the lagoon. This does not allow the treatment process to occur correctly.  While this can also indicate some additional potential issues with the lagoons structure and function is most commonly associated with a problem or change within your home. 

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Becky Schuerman
Extension Associate, Domestic Water, Wastewater Management
Becky Schuerman is the Nebraska Extension Associate for Domestic Water/Wastewater Management. She has been in this role since 2019 and previously worked in the regulatory field for the State of Nebraska Public Drinking Water and Water Well Standards Programs for over 17 years. Becky is no stranger to working collaboratively with the Nebraska Well Drillers and Onsite Wastewater Associations, Nebraska’s NRDs, Nebraska Rural Water Association, Nebraska Section AWWA, the Groundwater Foundation, NDEE, UNL and EPA Region 7. Becky holds a Bachelor of Science in Ag & Natural Resources, is a graduate of the Nebraska Water Leaders Academy, and is working on her Master of Science degree in Natural Resources, Human Dimensions.

Contact Becky at:
Lancaster County Extension
444 Cherrycreek Rd Ste A
Lincoln NE 68528-1591
402-441-7180