Like furnaces and foundations, septic systems aren’t the first thing people think about when remodeling. But working septic systems are critically important to our state's lakes and rivers.
That’s why a $5,000 donation from the Minnesota Onsite Wastewater Association (MOWA) and services donated by Advanced Septic Solutions (Northfield) was such a big deal for Whispers of Hope, a rural Rice County women’s shelter. Whispers of Hope is a residential and non-residential counseling ministry serving young women who are struggling with difficult issues in their lives. The donation and equipment helped Whispers of Hope install a new septic system that was required to meet the needs of the seven-acre facility.
Located near Northfield, Whispers opened in 2014, and the first residents arrived last July. The MOWA donation and contractor services provided by Tom Wirtzfeld and his crew at Advanced Septic Solutions paid for a new septic system that will keep the facility in compliance with local county septic system requirements and protect area ground and surface water. The new system allows them to combine the residential home, a counseling shed and an activities barn into one complete system.
For the generous donation and effort, MPCA thanks MOWA and Advanced Septic Solutions for going above and beyond to protect water!