elicia McCoy wrote:yeah, I'm reading the humanure, it sounds like he has 3 criticisms about septic:
1. too many in a small area , more than the soil can handle (not our problem, on 35 acres)
2. people put chemicals and stupid stuff in them (we never use any chemicals for anything)
3. you waste your water
in our wet area we have more water than we know what to do with, and we don't have any gardens yet to use the water . if we can just get a septic system we can move out there and actually have time to make gardens.&nb, sp; but you know, if anyone has any more comments, I'm very appreciative.
Robert Harsell wrote:
Depending on the area, acreage may not be the limiting factor. I live in an area with karst geology. During dry times the water table is hundreds of feet below the surface. Following times of abundant precipitation the situation reverses and the water table rises to the surface. I have sewage coming up on my land from neighbors over half mile away. I refuse to put fecal matter into the ground because of this. However, I'm the only one I know of in my area to have adopted this attitude. We have perhaps the best water in the world, Blue Ridge Mountain spring water coming right out of the ground. The prevailing attitude toward this water is, "Don't drink it, crap into it."
I don't know what is the geology in your area, but it might be worth investigating. Our soil is mostly silt with some clay pans scattered around at various depths below the surface. It's a varied and complex geology. Water perks well through the silt, so perk tests in our area always allow for septic systems. But perk tests don't apply here. It's not a problem of not perking, it's a problem of the sewage going down like it's supposed to, but then coming back up to the surface when the water table reverses direction. Karst geology means underground water passages where water moves quickly from one area to another. With this geology, it's possible for me to have sewage coming up on my property from people several miles away.
Feidhlim Harty wrote:
"The principal reasons people usually have for seeking to avoid using using flush toilets are typically summarised as follows:
They are very wasteful of clean water resources;
They are typically polluting of fresh water in the receiving environment;
They waste nutrient rich organic matter and high-fertiliser value urine, which could otherwise be reintroduced into the soil."