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Old 01-31-2007, 09:42 PM
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You have to be completely neglectful for a septic tank to overflow...most seldom if ever even need pumped out (Monthly Rid-X down the toilet does the trick) and if you have a well with a good history...odds are it won't be a problem in the future (though water can change PH over time).
Desmonde is right.

I've had both well and septic for years and frankly, I'd much rather drink clean water from a well than "bleached and supposedly sanitized" water from a water treatment plant. When you think about what they're trying to get out of the polluted water, well, yuck! Double yuck. And triple yuck!

With a well I don't need a water filter and the septic is no problem at all. Well water can be tested if you want, but generally I believe it's healthier to drink than city water.
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Old 02-01-2007, 04:17 AM
Location: Cary, NC
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Well, Well...
If I was on a well, I guar-an-dang-tee you the water would be tested regularly. We become accustomed to the taste of the water we use regularly, and do not notice the taste. Sort of like not noticing our speaking accents. And all contamination does not affect taste.
Anyone with a well should do regular testing, just like the city boys and private utility companies, and HOA's do. Write it off as part off the cost of "free" water.
I think of Ward Transformer, PCB's, and sub-surface hydrology when I think of a well.
I think of Neuse Crossing(I think that is the right subdivision) off Mitchell Mill Road and the mess they all went through when the community wells were deficient.
I've seen too many wells and septic systems on small lots to make me comfortable. It isn't an "overflow" that concerns me. I'm much more concerned by the possibility of ground water contamination in concentrated small lot areas.
I come from coal country, deep mines and strip mines, with gas and oil wells, too.
Ground water becomes contaminated many different ways.
UST's, Underground Storage Tanks are another pollutant issue, and can affect a wide area. Then there's MTBE from your old corner gas station. The subsurface plumes can be VAST.

All in all, I am comfortable with City water that is tended, and tested regularly, by people who are highly trained for the job and work full-time at it. Tastes like water to me.
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Old 02-01-2007, 06:44 AM
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Originally Posted by NCBOUND123 View Post
There are no creeks in the city where I live so that has not been an issue for me. If there is a problem with creeks, rivers, etc... I wonder (I'm in no way an expert in the septic field, just a long time user) if environmental friendly cleaning products would remedy that issue.
Environmentally friendly cleaning products would probably be a little easier on your septic system, but I wonder if they get stains out of clothes.

Most cities have ordinances prohibiting drain lines from running anywhere but in the city's sewer system. I know for sure Raleigh issues fines for washer drains that do not flow into the sewer. It's a water quality issue.
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