Burton Sparks wrote:Nissa, are you thinking of one of Anna Eddy's books? Her second book has her designs: "Green Light at the End of the Tunnel." Her first book "Solviva: How to Grow $500,000 on one acre & Peace on Earth" mentions them without providing the design details. Her website is www.solvivagreenlight.com
John C Daley wrote:Your description of the requirements for the septic seem over the top.
- 40 loads of sand
- candy cane pipe
Can composting toilets be used with a separate grey water system?
How close to a water course are you, thast important.
Jt Lamb wrote:It sounds like an above ground septic system is required, due to water table or proximity issues ... these things are "evapo-transpirative" systems, and are built along the lines of what you describe. Here's a link from the TAMU folks:
If this is the case, these are very engineered systems (and very costly) ... usually required because a regular OSSF can't be used.
I'd definitely run through all the traps, and see if composting toilets and such would help, with a goal of reducing load into the system and size you end up with. Unfortunately, it is the effluent load that is biting you ... not just blackwater, but greywater and otherwise ... you won't have a regular effluent drain field, as it is all contained within this E-T bed.
I'm surprised that a "town" is requiring this, because usually they make you hook up to their wastewater system, and disallow all forms of septic systems ... I'd also investigate where and when you can hook into their "city" system, hopefully before spending thousands on an E-T system.
Jt Lamb wrote:Re-reading the OP, I don't think I quite understand the scenario ... is there an existing home and a new (small) one going in as well? Or raw land with a small home going on it?
Any new construction triggers requirements to the latest code item an AHJ cares about. Old stuff might get grandfathered in, but new construction triggers incredible requirements.