Author Topic: Sewage Disposal Information  (Read 3679 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Ken Hilfiker

  • Guest
Sewage Disposal Information
« on: December 16, 2004, 06:20:11 PM »
Link for Sewage disposal system information:
« Last Edit: December 16, 2004, 08:54:35 PM by jraabe »

Offline John Raabe

  • Administrator
  • Journeyman
  • *****
  • Posts: 5,548
  • Whidbey Island, WA
    • CountryPlans - About Us
Re: Sewage Disposal Information
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2004, 08:57:27 PM »
Here is another link to the care and feeding of septic tanks.

The invention of the septic process is fascinating.
None of us are as smart as all of us.

Offline Daddymem

  • Journeyman
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,242
  • Ahmpit of the Cape, MA
    • Our First Day Cottage
Re: Sewage Disposal Information
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2005, 05:48:31 AM »
Here in Massachusetts, there is a lot of work with enhanced nitrogen removal systems.  There is a test center in Buzzard's Bay that has tested many systems extensively, here is a link to their website.

Où sont passées toutes nos nuits de rêve?
Aide-moi à les retrouver.
" I'm an engineer Cap'n, not a miracle worker"

Offline DavidLeBlanc

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 275
  • Seattle, WA - the Emerald City
Re: Sewage Disposal Information
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2005, 08:10:38 PM »
A related matter in sewage disposal is grey water disposal. "Grey water" is water from sinks, bathtubs, showers and laundry.

Apparently, Art Ludwig of Oasis Design is a recognized authority on the subject and his advice is to forget about it unless you're willing to invest a lot of money and have a lot of grey water to dispose of (IIRC, greater than 3,000 GPD). His site,, has  a great deal of information.

Offline Amanda_931

  • Journeyman
  • *****
  • Posts: 3,066
  • Glamorous Middle Tennessee
Re: Sewage Disposal Information
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2005, 05:44:19 AM »
Ludwig is the man when it comes to greywater.  He even developed laundry soaps that are not only not bad for plants, they are even designed as fertilizer as well as detergent.  Someone else is selling them now.

But you can't store greywater unless you do something like a constructed wetland the way the Earthshiptm people do in their greenhouses--and Mike Reynolds has recommended for outdoors in a book of his I once owned.  Toby Hemenway in Gaia's Garden fell in love with a constructed wetland.  It sounds like more than I want to do.

From experience, greywater turns into blackwater right quickly if you keep it in, say, the travel trailer's holding tank.

But teensy scale greywater recycling--on the order of tossing the dishpan's soapy water on the flowers by the back door--is perfectly reasonable.  At least as long as you don't hit the same flowers every day.