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How Much Does a Reed Bed Home Waste Water Disposal System Cost?

Question Asked by dkska;: How much does a reed bed home waste water disposal system cost?
I’m talking about the eco-friendly sewage and grey-water treatment system that uses settling tanks, a reed bed and an overflow pond, to avoid using any septic tanks or mains. Say, for a typical family home.

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Answer by peter w
The cost would depend on many things! Like how much your planning consents cost and what the requirements were. In most cases if you are not using a standard system that has been through all the health and safety checks Etc. you will have to pass it by the health authorities.

There has been a lot of discussion lately about people doing these things illegally due to the obsessive and over bearing bureaucratic requirements and the costs of compliance.

The cost will also depend on where in the world you are located. I would think that in the usa that you would need to have some sort of insurance.

The other thing that you need is a lot of land and the right soil type. If you pollute the ground water then you might be forced to pay to clean it up. Most jurisdictions that I know require that you deal with your own Grey water within your property boundaries.

Please contact me as I have information that I have not put in here. I also have questions about the cost quoted by Dr Henry. I know for example that a reed bed type system that you are talking about with permits and everything in Australia is around $ 30,000 Australian. Like I said it would depend on a lot of things.

Answer by DrHenry
Counting the land, the installation, the permits, the state permit, the lawyer, and the engineer, my guess would be $ 100k, if you didn’t run into an trouble with the government or more likely your neighbors. Also, the cost of the permit might be $ 10k per year. You are basically asking to build a wastewater treatment facility. You would have the same requirements as a small neighborhood system. The reference will give you some links to sites that may have better info.

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What Are the Advantages to Having Your Own Well and Septic System Rather Than the City’s Water Supply?

Question Asked by Andre: What are the advantages to having your own well and septic system rather than the city’s water supply?

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Answer by Fireball226
no water bills but its not worth it…wetness attracts mosquitoes..

Answer by *~♥Baby on the way♥~*
I don’t think that you have to pay for water. IDK tho. btw GET OFA IDLE ON MESSANGER!!!! lol

Answer by DR_NC
Primarily, a deep well and septic tank are cheaper in the long term. A septic tank in North Carolina costs about $ 2,500 and a deep well and pump about $ 3,000. I’ve had mine since 1991 and have had ZERO problems. I have my septic tank pumped every three years at a cost of $ 100. We are a family of five. My friend in the city has city water and sewage. His bill is more than $ 100 a month and they are now on water restrictions. Of course, you could have a well failure and I’m sure my pump will wear out eventually, so there are maintenance costs with owning your well and septic.

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Is Well Water from a Confined or Unconfined Aquifer?

Question Asked by jimmyedwardpeach: Is well water from a confined or unconfined aquifer?
Are the ones used the same as the old type of wells from pre 1950s?

And can the ground water and/or unconfined aquifer be contaminated by what is above the ground and buried in the ground, like septic tanks, dead animals?

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Answer by bustersmycat
Unconfined typically means there is no physical top to the aquifer (as long as water is added it will keep rising). Obviously the most common type of unconfined aquifer is the shallow water table-if you add water the water level would rise until reaching the surface.

The shallow water table is really open to inputs from the surface (that is essentially how it is supplied, and over very short time frames-water flows directly from the surface to the water table). Thus, the shallow water table is really susceptible to contamination from surface sources such as septic systems, fertilizer and pesticide addition, leaking fuel storage tanks, even decaying dead stuff. Bascially, the contaminants can quickly move from the source location into the well with little time for natural degradation and mixing (dilution) with other sources.

Older wells tend to be shallow wells simply because it was easier to make the wells shallow and there was little understanding of the long term risk to water quality and human health from relying on shallow sources.

Besides, the shallow water table is really full of pore space and water is easily collected in large quantities over the short and long term.

Modern laws and regulations typically do not allow the use of shallow wells for potable water sources without the installation of some relatively good treatment systems and frequent quality testing.

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Is There Anyway Get to Financing for a Water Well and Septic System Without Collateral in New Mexico?

Question Asked by dragonfire: Is there anyway get to financing for a water well and septic system without collateral in New Mexico?

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Answer by Chrys
you need to ask the state that question…

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Most Times When I Run the Washing Machine, Water Backs Up into the Laundry Room. We Have Septic but No Prob.?

Question Asked by j p: Most times when I run the washing machine, water backs up into the laundry room. We have septic but no prob.?
We have no other problems with plumbing or septic system, but usually on the 2nd time the washing machine is letting out the dirty water into the pipe….boom water is spitting back out. I have to stay in laundry room and keep shuting off machine and turning it back on after I take flash light and look down drain to see water is lower! what a pain. Any Help out there? thanks

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Answer by Some guy
I’ve just recently had this happen too. There were two problems. First, it wasn’t vented properly so it was like holding a straw with your finger over the top and wouldn’t drain. Second, I had a lot of lint and junk in the line which had to be augered out. I ended up getting a lint trap to prevent this from happening again.

Answer by brightstar64
blockage in drainage

Answer by Bhogs
If you are sure that your septic tank is not yet full, for sure it doesn’t have an air vent or doesn’t have enough air vent. Having no enough air vent will cause a vacuum pressure that causes your drain water to back flow.

Make a hole in your septic tank and put 2 inches diameter pipe vertically about 3 meters in length as your air vent and your problem will be solved.

If you have enough air vent and your drain line from washing machine is block it will not create any pressure that causes to back flow. In this case water will just become stagnant (not moving).

Answer by sgthaw
I HAVE to say this: water is “static” when it’s not moving. Stagnant water is water that has pooled,and become contaminated with something

Answer by George O
We have septic but no prob.? Is that a question or a statement?

Really does not make any difference, look in the yellow pages, find a Company that pumps Septic Tanks, and the intake line, as well as the lateral lines.

This will cure your problem, or he will be able to tell you the reason.

Answer by CAVEMAN
shoot it..or pump your septic

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How Can I Get My New Septic System Not to Smell Out Doors When We Use the Water in Doors?

Question Asked by Kelly R: How can I get my new septic system not to smell out doors when we use the water in doors?
We have a new home in the mountains and the septic has been in since this past April and every time we shower, do dishes, flush the toilet we get this awful smell out side. It is so embarrassing when people are visiting and we are bar-b-queing on the deck and someone uses the bathroom – we all smell it.
I was using bleach products and have stopped that. We have tries RidX and some other product to no avail.
Please, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Answer by Sage
Contact the company who installed the septic system and tell them to come back and fix it properly. A new system should not have a smell at all.
I hope they fix it. If they don’t then report them to the Better Business Bureau and sue them in small claims court so you can pay someone else to do the job perfectly.
Also, don’t use bleach in a septic system. Use Rid X or another product suitable for maintaining it. RidX contains enzymes that eat the waste matter, whereas bleach kills off the good enzymes.

Answer by Jamie T
There could be two areas where this smell is coming from. Its hard to explain but you could be pushing air out of you vent pipes that are located on your roof. And extension of the pipes my be an eyesore but might help. The smell could be coming from the tank not draining waist water properly into your drain-field. The only way i know to fix this is to call a licensed plumber and have them install what is called a “running trap” on you main line going to you tanks. This will trap water and prevent gases from back through the line.
Good luck!

Answer by wry humor
Both Jamie T and Sage have valid comments. You need to identify the source of the odor. Once you’ve identified the source then you can correct the problem. If the problem has persisted since installation there is likely a plumbing error somewhere.

This site gives you a brief overview of a septic system from toilet to drain field. There are other sites available – just Google it.

Answer by evilindependent
The smell is coming from the vent stacks on your house, there is no way to prevent this. Vents need to operate in order for your waste plumbing to flow.

Answer by Keebler
You may have a problem with the outlet from your septic tank. When you use water (shower, washer etc) it stirs up the sewer water in the tank and that also can cause oder.

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Does a Septic System Give U Running Water? Do U Need Electricity to Use It?

Question Asked by law2: does a septic system give u running water? do u need electricity to use it?
I know nothing about this. can u have running water if you build a house in BFE?

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Answer by Black Hawk
Septic system is where the crap goes, you need a well for water

Answer by Altru-man
A septic tank holds solid waste that is flushed from the house and occasionally, ten yrs or more, needs to be emptied unless it has a leech bed and you put enzymes down the drain to eat the solid waste components.

Answer by Karen L
What’s BFE? A septic system is for waste, for things that go down a drain or down a toilet. Some need power to operate, some don’t.

Answer by dr_cook76
The septic systen is only for wastewater (toilet, sink, and bath drains). It works without power in most cases. A tank or pipe field is out in your yard somewhere. You will have to have a well for running water. It is drilled deep into the ground away from your septic system.

Answer by school78
What is BFE? That person is funny., and don’t get out much. Anyway, I don’t recommend using the water from your septic for a running water supply. That’s Gross. You can have running water in bfe you have to have a well, or a tank. Good luck.

Answer by Tex
Well I get out a lot and I do not know what bfe is. Could kindly explain what the heck you are talking about.

Some places allow the use of the water that normally goes into the drain field on a septic system to be used for irrigation for NON FOOD crops like cotton. The system normally works on gravity flow unless you live in a low area and have to pump the water uphill to get it into the drain field. Also some houses with low basements use a sewage pump to get the raw sewage up to the septic tank, so basically in this very uncommon scenario you do need electricity to run the pumps.

Answer by Mike
BFE=Bum Fu@k Egypt….ie: middle of nowhere

Answer by Lic. Electrician
Although I haven’t heard the term in a while, I do know where BFE is.

You will need both a well and a septic system. The well will almost definitely require electricity. The septic system may or may not. If it is a true gravity-feed system, it may not need power. If it has a pump system, it will need power. A gravity-feed may still need power if you are required to have a tank level monitor/alarm installed.

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My House Powers My Neighbors Water Supply?

Question Asked by omgizzle: my house powers my neighbors water supply?
i recently discovered my landlord has it set up so that my house powers the water supply and hot water supply for my neighbors house (which he also owns) i never knew about this and this explains why my electric bill is higher than it should be. there is nothing in my lease about it and nothing was ever said. is this legal? we also share the same septic system, apparently.

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Answer by George
You should talk to your landlord about it. If both houses share the same electric and water meters the landlord should not be charging you for these bills. If you can prove that you are paying for both properties (which seems unusual) then contact an attorney that specializes in rental issues.

Answer by mr.obvious
No this is not legal if the bill is in your name, It is stealing electric and he could be in trouble, It is a criminal and a civil matter. He can go to jail and pay a fine and restitution, and the electric company can give you a refund and bill your landlord the difference. As long as you have nothing in writing that he told you of this, he has to pay you back and he cannot raise the rent on you because this would be retaliation based on what happened over the electric and he can be sued for this to. Do a free consultation with a lawyer to see what your options are, call them tomorrow.

Answer by Alekat
May be a good friend or relative.

This may be against area Electrical codes.

For now – have someone help you switch the double pole breaker, (probably a 30 amp or remove the fuses, (two round 30 amp plug fuses) for the moocher heater and try to locate the breaker or fuse for the water supply, (could be a 15 or 20 breaker or fuses). If there is more than 1 – 30 amp double pole breaker or 2-30 amp fuses, then you may find that when you disconnect one pair – it could be yours. Then disconnect the other pair and see if anything stops working in your home.

This very dishonest and a sort of a scam.

You and a helper will have to trace the conduits running out of the electrical panel towards the neighbors house. Look for pipes that run through an outside wall and down into the ground on that side.

Both are high usage units – especially the water heater

Answer by t-rexs
no and no

and you aren’t going to get it resolved either

if he failed to mention this tid bit when you started renting he wanted it kept secret

by the way you now have grounds to break the lease

no where is it required that you pay the neighbors way

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How Can I Fix Water Collecting on My Lawn?

Question Asked by cantremember: How can I fix water collecting on my lawn?
My neighbor tied into town sewer and since then water collects and I have a small pond in my back yard. Can I fix this?

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Answer by gotabedifferent
make a trench.

Answer by crewchief1949
Call public works since they probably did the work and tell them you have an issue with your yard flooding now. Or the Drain Commission what ever you have.

Answer by READER 1
I am sure there is a law about changing how water flows, not knowing the whole situation, I would ask someone in your county offices, Water dept. for example.

Answer by mhiaa
I’ll tell you the cheapest, most natural way. But first, do you yourself have any pipes in that area? If not, then plant a weeping willow tree. It soaks up water like a sponge and will dry out the entire area. However, if you yourself have pipes, as in water lines or pipes leading to septic tank, then you shouldn’t plant one. Because eventually the roots will choke it. But If not, plant a willow. They’re a tad messy, but they work. My front yard used to be a swamp (next to the State”s culvert). Now, the willow soaks up all the water, is quite tall, but the yard is dry. Only drawback is the occasional mess they make. But I throw all that onto the compost pile. You should also ask the town/village/city codes officer to run tests to make sure that line your neighbor tied into is not contaminating your yard with raw sewage.

Answer by Floyd B
You have to have some one that knows this kind of stuff to come & look at your problem.

Off the top it don’t seem that connecting to a sewer would cause a problem. It would seem that it would eliminate a problem if there had been one with a septic system.

One thought would be that they may have change the grade of the land so that the way the water drains from rain fall drains or don’t drain.

May be the pipe is broken or wasn’t done right.

It would help if you have any pictures that may show any change in the land.

You can fill in the low spot in your yard but you would have to take in to account how that would change the flow of any water.

Answer by fordman
Can you change the slope of your yard to move the water away? If you have a low spot, can you add more soil to change the grade?
I can’t understand how your neighbor tying into the sewer line caused your lawn to flood unless they messed with a water runoff. If he changed his elevation, talk to him and have him lower it to let the water flow again.. Good luck

Answer by NJGuy
Did the neighbor have a septic system in the yard? Was it disconnected at the time of the sewer tie-in? Perhaps it wasn’t and the sewer line is sending water into the septic tank and it’s overflowing into your yard. I’ve seen this happen several times.

Answer by AMAN_RA
Public works and water department responsibilities end at the sidewalk, unless the damages show they are at fault.

What you need is called a French Drain, very inexpensive, yard guys could probably do it for you. It’s a six inch PVC pipe with a bunch of holes in it (can be purchased like this) You fill the pipe with 1 to 2 inch rocks (river stones) and bury two feet in the ground through the center of the wet spot. You then run the drain at a slight angle to the street, or tie it into the sewer system/water drains. The water drains through the soil into the drain and away from the yard. You might possibly get your nieghbor to go in halfsies on the installation since he changed the previous water drainage situation.

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