If you live in an area where municipal sewer and water lines do not reach your home, you need a well for water and a septic system for waste treatment. The problem is that septic systems can contaminate the groundwater that supplies your home, which is why a good septic system design is important. The following tips will help ensure that your groundwater supply is protected from contamination when you have a new septic system installed.
1. Percolation Tests to Determine How the Soil on Your Property Will Filter Wastewater
The most important aspect of your septic system is soil percolation. This is the filtration of wastewater as it drains through the soil. Some soils will filter better than others, which is why it is important to have your soil tested. The percolation test will help give you more of a clear idea of what type of septic or waste treatment system you need to have installed.
2. Alternative Wastewater Systems for Properties with Poor Soil Percolation to Filter Wastewater
If you have poor percolation of the soil around your home, then you may need to have an alternative to conventional septic systems installed. This can be a chambered system with multiple tanks or an aerobic treatment unit. Aerobic systems act like small waste treatment plants to clean the water before it exits the system and is filtered through the soil.
3. Ask About Installing a Lined Drain Field System to Provide Extra Protection from Groundwater Contamination
Sometimes, in addition to contaminating groundwater, you may be concerned about nearby bodies of water or groundwater that is closer to the surface. These situations often require the installation of a lined drain field with a special filtration medium to keep the waste treatment process completely contained.
4. Make Sure the Water Wells and Rural Septic Systems Are Located a Safe Distance Apart
Lastly, if you are installing a new well or a septic system, you want these systems to be as far apart as possible. This will help reduce the potential for problems with contamination of wells and the drinking water for your home. If they have to be located near each other, a lined septic system is usually the best option to protect your water well from contamination.
These tips will help protect the groundwater that supplies your home with clean drinking water when you have a new septic system installed. If you need a new septic system that can provide your home with waste treatment and not contaminate your well, contact a septic system installation company and talk to them about some of these solutions.