The effluent from a community wastewater system is collected from several septic tanks, and then pumped to one, larger drainfield which all homes share. This wastewater is increasingly being treated before it is finally dispersed.
It was not common for every family to have a well or septic system installed in the past. With subdivisions in rural areas and unique industry innovations, it is possible to save money and create a better experience for residents, developers and the environment. A community onsite wastewater system functions in some ways similar to a residential system. Every residence has a septic system to collect the wastewater and separate the sludge (thicker liquids) from the effluent. The traditional system discharges the effluent from the tank through layers of soil and through a drainfield. It then re-enters groundwater supply as clean water. The effluent from a community’s wastewater system is collected from several septic tanks, and then pumped to one, larger drainfield, that all homes share. This wastewater is increasingly being treated before it is finally dispersed.
If you have a community water system, pipes and pumps may run through your neighborhood to transport waste water to the drainfield or clean water from the community well.
Similar to having a septic system that is your own, those that are part of a community can eliminate the maintenance costs associated with maintaining it. However, these savings can be offset with the maintenance fees you pay. You can request water quality inspections and lead inspections if you are concerned about the quality of the system’s water.
If properly managed and constructed, local governments can reap a number of environmental and cost-saving benefits by allowing community septic systems. Because they are less costly than traditional centralized sewer systems, they can be an affordable alternative. They also require less maintenance and require less initial investment. Because they are less expensive to install and maintain, community septic systems can be constructed faster and have a lower environmental impact than traditional centralized sewer systems. These systems can be used to overcome limitations in design, especially in rural areas. They allow developers to move the septic system from individual lots onto a shared space. This flexibility allows for smaller lots and clustering of development, which can encourage the creation of conservation subdivisions to preserve open greenspace and wildlife habitat. If there is a strict oversight and routine monitoring by qualified professionals, community septic systems can be more cost-effective, safer and reliable than other methods, particularly individual septics.
Cost of a Neighbourhood Sewage System
The cost of maintaining an onsite wastewater system is usually shared by residents through a monthly or annual charge. This fee can sometimes be included in homeowner’s association dues. These community systems often include treatment to ensure that community drain fields do not fail in the event of an untreated on-lot drain field.
Individual septic systems usually require maintenance once every three to five year. National pumping and cleaning costs average $383. (Home Advisor). Unwitting homeowners who flush personal items can plant trees or park cars above drainfields, adding to routine maintenance requirements.
Some residents prefer a traditional septic system because it eliminates the monthly fees associated with a sharing system. However, on-lot systems still require maintenance expenditures such as tank pump outs or eventual drain field failure.
Unskilled homeowners can cause a clogged drainfield, or worse, a poor performing septic system. This will require more maintenance. A system that is not maintained properly for a long time can lead to costly repairs, which could cost thousands of dollars.
Septic systems typically last between 15 and 25 years. It is possible to use your home and yard the same way homeowners using municipal sewer, but without causing damage that could cost thousands of dollars.