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designing our greywater system

 
Erin Schneider
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What a serendipitous and timely slurry of great information. My husband and I co-own an organic farm and orchard and we have a 'house with character' and an aging septic system - an old steel tank - to go with it. I just spoke with our county planners to learn more about zoning and permitting for a new septic and it sounds like we have options in terms of design.

We would need to have a primary system for initial separation, though from there we can install a greywater and/or composting, other experimental design. We'll be doing some soil testing this spring and our timeline for install/upgrade is 1 - 2 years
I am wondering if people can weigh in and offer advise or ideas or have experience with designing/installing greywater, composting systems.

Thanks so much for your time and insights! I look forward to learning more.

With appreciation,

yours in hardy kiwi,
Erin Schneider
Hilltop Community Farm, La Valle, WI
 
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Hi Erin, welcome to the discussion. It sounds as if you have a lot of leeway in your system choice. That's a great start. Here's a list of different systems you could adopt: http://www.wetlandsystems.ie/watertips.html

In summary;
you could fix up what you have or replace it
Use a treatment wetland, mechanical aeration unit, media filter unit, willow treatment or a source separation system or dry toilet approach.
After treatment you need to dispose of the effluent: usually to ground if you have the infiltration capacity in the soil.
Have a look elsewhere on these posts for compost toilet information. I've got a summary of different types in my new book, but you'll also need to go and visit friends to see how they are getting on with their selected system. Remember that more expense does not necessarily equal a better system.

Hope that helps a bit. Feel free to send me on the site inspection details in a few months if you'd like me to have a look over them. Meanwhile, fire back any questions that seem pertinent...

 
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