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Impact of Temperature on the Onsite Septic System

The operation of an onsite Septic System can be affected by several exterior factors. Some of them like family’s lifestyle or drain-field’s soil we already discussed in a series of articles dedicated to onsite septic systems. The important, although often underestimated factor is the ambient temperature (in a wider sense – the climate zone). Winter …

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Unconventional Effluent Disposal Systems

Raised Drain-fields Raised drain-fields are made of extra, above-the-ground layers of soils suitable for the treatment of effluent. In contrast to “as-it-is” native soil in traditional drain-fields, raised drain-fields are “engineered” for best effluent absorption and processing properties, to make up for limitations of the native land. They are used in the following cases: a. …

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Introduction to Effluent Disposal Systems

Leaching Beds (Drain-fields) The Drain-field is a crucial element of the onsite Septic System. It’s not just an area used for the disposal of partially purified wastewater (effluent). It is the final stage of the Wastewater Treatment System, the last one between the still “dirty” outflow from the Septic Tank and the protected, hopefully pristine-clear, …

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Composting Toilets for Container Homes

Composting Toilets for Container Homes

As mentioned earlier, household-generated wastewater is a mixture of grey, dark, and blackwater. The disposal of blackwater, as potentially the most harmful part of wastewater for human health, and the environment is strongly controlled by legislative measures and as a result – most demanding. One way to solve these problems at locations without municipal services …

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Types of Septic Systems Container Homes

Types of Septic Systems

 In the previous section of this cycle of articles dedicated to on-site Sewage Disposal Systems, we addressed issues related to Septic Tanks as individual components of such systems. You will find descriptions of their functionality, typical construction materials, crucial elements to meet environmental requirements, preferred location, issues related to maintenance and service, etc…. Septic Systems …

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Greywater Treatment and Disposal

Container Home Greywater Treatment and Disposal

For many reasons, it may be beneficial to keep greywater separated from the remaining sources of wastewater (blackwater and dark water). Technically speaking, it will require separated plumbing throughout the house (what practically means – adding an independent greywater line pipe). While it may be a demanding task in houses with already existing plumbing, in …

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Tanks for Container House Septic Systems

Tanks for Container House Septic Systems

The on-site Septic System must prevent the contamination of the environment (especially groundwater) by waste products. The raw sewage is composed of water (about 99%), organic matter (human feces, toilet paper, food leftovers, etc..), chemicals (detergents, soaps, cleaners, etc..) as well as invisible, but potentially harmful toxins, microorganisms, pathogens, parasites…. Due to environmental and health …

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