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What Are the Advantages of Using Septic Sewage Systems?

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Though few people know it, there are a couple considerable benefits to septic systems over public sewer services. In both cost and environmental impacts, septic systems can be highly advantageous to the average household. We’ll look at both of these areas in detail:

Cost

When looking long-term, a septic tank is savings in the bank!

Here’s a breakdown of the various costs:
Up-front costs for a brand-new septic system are between $1,500 and $4,000. However, that includes all the cost of installation and anything else that might pop up too (for a complete analysis, click here: http://www.fixr.com/costs/install-septic-tank-system). Also calculate in the cost of pumping out a tank, which will cost about $400 every three years, and a new septic system will have a ten-year cost of about $5000.

But here’s the deal: Public sewer and water bills add up too, and in the end, septic always wins the cost battle! The water bill for an average household runs between $50 and $150. Times twelve months of the year and that’s about $1200 annually. That means in ten years a public sewer user will spend over $10,000! A septic system takes only half a decade to completely pay for itself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long and short of things? Within one decade of putting in a septic tank, you will have saved five thousand dollars based on a low estimate that assumes the original septic system was on the high side of the cost margin and the public bills were on the lower side of the margin! Septic systems prove to be cost effective.

Environment

Some people have been skeptical of sewage septic tanks, thinking that they are detrimental to the environment. This is a reasonable hypothesis, as sewage and such waste improperly treated can contaminate the environment and pose risks to plants and wildlife.

But here's the good news: Septic systems do a pristine job of treating waste in order to preserve and even benefit the environment! Properly maintained septic tanks of this era simply do not damage the environment. Harmful chemicals remain in the tank until pumped out by the truck – they do not escape to do damage. Groundwater is not polluted, toxins are not released, and wildlife is not harmed.

Especially when compared to the other option (the public sewage system), onsite treatment via a septic system is actually beneficial to the environment. The risk of raw sewage escaping treatment is far lower with septic systems than with the public sewer.

Public treatment plants inevitably will at some point damage the environment to one degree or another. Handling such large quantities of waste make it difficult to contain all of it even in the treatment plant. Extensive pipelines transporting sewage to public treatment plants can leak due to a number of factors. High pressure puts strain on the pipes, large tree roots dent and puncture pipes, and old sewage lines fail. Any time this happens, raw sewage seeps into the ground and wreaks havoc on the local environment.

Properly maintained septic systems, however, avoid all these issues as they handle much smaller amounts of waste using a much smaller system.

Septic systems not only avoid the issues that arise with the public sewer, they also work to improve the land that they sit on. They effectively treat water and return it to the ground, maintaining balance and spurring natural growth of plants and wildlife. Contrast that with publicly treated water, which is oftentimes dumped into a single central location such as the ocean and never effectively dispersed or returned to the ground that it came from.

Septic systems promote the health of the environment through sanitary treatment of waste and effective water management.

Conclusion

Septic systems are cost-effective and beneficial to the land they sit on. Up-front costs may appear daunting, but in the end it’s thousands of dollars in savings. And contrary to the thoughts of the skeptic, onsite water treatment with a septic system is one way to keep the environment clean and green.


8 comments so far:

I cannot believe the bad press individual systems receive. I have come to the conclusion that the push for big pipe sewers has nothing to do with the environment despite the fact that the this is what the public is told. Big pipe systems are forced because state and local govt wants the money and the control.
Good article.

Interesting. I had always thought that people had septic systems only because they couldn't get on public utilities. This makes me reconsider that notion.

Mark:
If you knew how much tax money is WASTED removing functional individual systems and replacing them with public sewers you might scream out loud. I have seen preliminary reports,just reports, paperwork that cost about $12,000 per home. This is paid with tax money and as added insult, this particular report had to be scrapped because the dingbat engineers forgot that there was an interstate highway running through the middle of town. No design, no plans, no treatment plant...just empty words. $12,000 per home!

I think you forgot about drain field which costs minimum tens of thousands dollars. Comparing to timely maintenance, replacement of septic system parts and repair cost it is better to stick with public sewer. (Just a thought)

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