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have your household water tested through your local county extension office

found

at

www.caes.uga.edu/extension/office.cfm. It is not necessary for everyone to have his or her water

tested. Public and municipal water suppliese rroutinely tested and must meet standards

established by the EnvironmentalProtection Agency (EPA); thereore, these sources usually do

not need to be tested unless contamination is suspected.

I rented an apartment. The landlord has the electric service connected and the account is in his name but the bill comes to my rental address. My landlord wants me to open the bill and pay the electric company each month? Do I have to do that?

If the bill is not in your name, it is a goodidea to consider switching the bill to your own

name as this is helpful in establishing your credit. If the electric service is not in your name, you

can make the payment to the utility company. Eve if the electric serviceis not in the tenant’s

name, the landlord should not interfere with the electric service except in emergency situations.

I am considering renting a house that has a septic tank. Should I be worried?

If your water is not supplied by a city ocounty drinking water system, chances are you

have

a

septic

many

years.

tank.

Properl installed

and

maintained

Septic

tanks

require

reasonable

septic tanks

usage

and

normally

function

maintenance

to

well

for

ensure

efficient

operation. Prior to renting, ask the previous tenant or the landlod when the septic tank was last

emptied and if it has been repaired recently. Ay person who cleans or removes the contents of

septic tanks must have a permit, which is renewed annually. You should check for the following

signs that the septic tank may have a proble: foul odors in the home or yard, wet or spongy

places in the yard, and slow draining toilets osinks. The University of Georgia Cooperative

Extension Service has more information on septic tanks

on

its

www.fcs.uga.edu/ext/housing/.

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