Reviving the Septic Tank

by Hans F. Bell, (M.ASCE), General Contractor; Bell Constr. Co., Matteson, Ill.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1977, Vol. 47, Issue 12, Pg. 83-84

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Although collection and secondary treatment systems serve most U.S. Metropolitan areas, approximately 25% of the population still depends on individual sewage waste disposal systems. Estimates indicate that of these, 50% do not work properly, due more to lack of proper maintenance, than to inherent flaws. Some authorities contend that if properly installed and maintained, a septic tank system should hold its own for at least twenty years. Is the system truly sound? What about communal sewage treatment and what problems are encountered there—

Subject Headings: Waste disposal | Sewage | Septic tanks | Maintenance | Domestic wastes |

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