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ABOUT 40 BALES OF HAY, WERE NEEDED to put down the desired 10 inches of insulation over this septic system in rural Detroit Lakes earlier this week. The MPCA recommends that between 8 to 12 inches of insulation be placed over underground septic systems to prevent freezing when there is insufficient snow cover to do the job..

Lack of snow cover could cause septic system freeze-up

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While the lack of snow cover in the lakes area so far this winter may be good news for some local residents, it definitely isn't for those homeowners who use their own septic systems.

Dan Olson of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says that frozen septic systems could become an issue for many rural homeowners if the area doesn't receive adequate snow cover before local temperatures start to fall to arctic levels.

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