Just No, that was the response from the Health Department. No to installing a short system to tide us over until sewer comes through, No to building a new full system, and No to repairing the one we have.
Take a breath, here's a kitten.
My septic guy was just as confounded as we were. I guess the rationale is that although the short system would be ideal, the Health Dept. has no guarantee that we will hook up to Sewer as soon as it comes through, even if we promise, or sign papers, they cannot make us. So that option is off the table. No to a new full system, I am not sure of the rationale behind this one, I think it is because we don't have a proper reserve, or because it is too close to our patio?
No to repairing the old system, because it cannot be repaired while people are using the system, that is what I gleened anyway.
So when confronted by septic guy she said she would think about it and get back to us.
Here is what she came up with,
A timer on the system.
Yup, just a timer on the pump that turns on over a 24 hour system to slow the leaching into the damaged field.
Now this will cost around $1,000. versus the 25-30 thousand for a new system so I should be happy. But I am not, and here's why. If we have trouble with the timer system and the leach field, it backs up into the house, as it is, if there is trouble it overwhelms the system and comes up in the yard.
Which would you rather have, effluent in the yard? or coming up in the house?
It's okay..... More kittens
My septic guy was not happy, so he will be working with the Health Dept over the next few weeks to come up with a better solution.
On a happier note, we have cut back our water use by half what it was last year, and the equivalent of a two person household!! (we have 5)
Now! More Kittens!!