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Ashley Neff
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I had posted the query in the "Appalachia" forum, but figured I'd post here as well...
We are in the design phase of building on rural mountain land in Jackson County, KY. No building codes other than basic state code, but we do have to make the plumbing inspector happy.
He's acclimating to the research on composting toilets (the "Humanure Handbook" was given to him) but he's more concerned about the grey water system we'd be using, since the whole county is a huge watershed area.
Has anyone else here been able to get a grey water filtering system (we would be using pea gravel, sand, and charcoal filtering prior to land/garden return) approved anywhere in our state for new construction?
Even the smallest septic system here runs roughly $5,000-$10,000. The plan is to negate all "grid" ties to county water (we have three all-weather springs on tap), and electricity (south-facing and plenty of solar and wind available).
A friend told me we could apply for a permit to live on-site for up to 6 months while we build, and as long as we don't hire out any of the work and do it all ourselves, we could technically bypass all the plumbing/electrical government stuff - but I'm not willing to risk it.
So, anyone here with a nice grey water setup in KY that bypassed a septic or sewer connection?
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