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    Default Septic system versus holding tank

    Iím looking over the regs for on-site sewage facilities for my county.

    Looks like permitted septic system required for residence. Rough estimate $15,000.

    Given itís a weekend place/workshop for 1 (and sometimes 2). Not residential by most measures. And given Iíve got enough acreage to discharge gray water, is it a good idea to look into a holding tank instead?

    Although prolific, a 2000 gallon tank would take me a while to fill up. Then have it pumped. I think itís legal. At $600 to pump per year (?), this would buy me some time.

    Am I going to stink the place up?

    Good idea; bad idea?

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    Default Re: Septic system versus holding tank

    How much would the tank cost?
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    Keep calm, persistence beats resistance.

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    Still looking around for a price for a 2000 gal precast septic tank with install.

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    Steve

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    I know of lakefront houses around here not being able to put in a septic system because they didn't have enough drainage area to prevent runoff into the lake. The solution is a simple holding tank. Since these are usually weekend/holiday homes it works just fine. Pump out every once in a while, and they are good.
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    Default Re: Septic system versus holding tank

    How about a composting toilet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpatrick View Post
    How about a composting toilet?

    Jeff
    since there is no "like" button, I like it.

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    Got a composting toilet. That's the route I would go
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    She is quite resistant. Happy wife; happy life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpatrick View Post
    How about a composting toilet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluedog225 View Post
    She is quite resistant. Happy wife; happy life.
    Might research composting toilets a bit more; the resistance might go away

    I would rather live with a composting toilet than next to a holding tank with 2000 gallons of sewage.
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    You make a fair point. Is nature’s head the current favorite?

    The bucket and sawdust method attempt gathered biblical numbers of gnats during warm weather.

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    I have a nature's head, but that's because it was available at a good price. Had it about 9 years. It does not smell at all and with weekend use the compost gets dumped once or twice a season. No flies or gnats. It runs with a computer fan.

    I am a huge fan of modern composting toilets
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    Todays fashion is the Ogo, close the lid and push the button. https://ogotoilet.com/

    For greywater I recommend a constructed wetland, subsurface, horizontal since you have the space. Can also deal with the liquid waste from the Ogo. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constructed_wetland

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    Default Re: Septic system versus holding tank

    I might put in a septic tank as a holding tank, and then later on dig the leach fields...
    Skip the permit process

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    I have a recollection from way back that septic tanks do not perform well with low and intermittent input.
    Something to do with the bugs dying off.
    Best get up to date advice on the subject.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldcodger View Post
    I have a recollection from way back that septic tanks do not perform well with low and intermittent input.
    Something to do with the bugs dying off.
    Best get up to date advice on the subject.
    My house here in Vermont spent its first 15 years as our vacation home. I put in a precast septic tank and leach field and had no problems with its limited use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldcodger View Post
    I have a recollection from way back that septic tanks do not perform well with low and intermittent input.
    Something to do with the bugs dying off.
    Best get up to date advice on the subject.
    better under used than over used...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumars View Post
    Todays fashion is the Ogo, close the lid and push the button. https://ogotoilet.com/
    I just looked at their website. It's a ridiculous product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Jones View Post
    I know of lakefront houses around here not being able to put in a septic system because they didn't have enough drainage area to prevent runoff into the lake. The solution is a simple holding tank. Since these are usually weekend/holiday homes it works just fine. Pump out every once in a while, and they are good.
    This - My former co-worker owed a cottage on a lake in Wisconsin, with a 1500 gallon tank - pumped out occasionally, as needed. He solid it to a guy with 2 teen-aged daughters ( who liked loooong showers ) - they filled it up the first weekend ! ! !
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    Default Re: Septic system versus holding tank

    Sounds like the decision hinges on how anal retentive you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David W Pratt View Post
    Sounds like the decision hinges on how anal retentive you are.
    Would that be akin to being rectally reticent?

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