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alternatives to drain pipes in leach field

Posted by Charlie on April 2nd, 2001 07:14 PM
In reply to Septic systems by Karl Z on April 2nd, 2001 01:36 PM [Go to top of thread]

The engineering issue is primarily how much liquid can be absorbed by the land for a given discharge geometry. (A secondary issue might be exposure to air, as systems sufficiently deep need those ugly vent pipes. I have a septic tank at a summer house that is simply a single box in well drained gravel, and it works great, although I don't think it could get permitted today.
However, the fairly comprehensive Massachusetts regulations, which I had to live with for a new system here, do provide for alternatives to a trench arrangement when space is limited. This kind of pit may be along the lines you are thinking of. Here is the URL from which you can download the regs and read about the options and constraints. This is probably fairly representative of the most modern thinking.

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