New York Septic System
When outsiders think of New York, the first place that comes to mind is New York City. The State of New York is actually large, with many rural areas, and has a significant number of on-site sewage disposal systems, or septic systems. As with many other states, New York highly recommends pumping of the septic system every 2 to 3 years as a preventive against drain field malfunction.
New York Septic System Information For Populated Rural Areas
With rural areas being relatively heavily populated, it's worth noting that heavy equipment should never be allowed to pass over a tank, septic line, or leech field. All are encouraged to closely monitor septic system operation, and promptly address any leakage to limit contamination of adjacent areas. Frequent septic tank pumping is also recommended, followed by addition of friendly septic bacteria to help ensure aerobic activity. Heavily populated areas require diligence on the homeowners part to minimize their empact on the environment.
See "Septic Systems Operation and Maintenance" from the New York State Department of Health.