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Old 08-18-2011, 10:49 AM   #1
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Home made septic system

Here is how to make your own septic tank for cheap. If you have a place to park your bus on private land, you may want to do something like this. I have built three of these, and they work for years.

First, I want to say that there is no way that this system is acceptable to the codes people, so you will have to do this on the sly.

Dig a hole that is 6 feet deep and about 4 feet in diameter. Put 1 foot of gravel at the bottom of the hole. Get a 55 gallon drum that you can remove the top from. A plastic drum will last longer than a metal one, although the metal ones can last over five years.

Turn the open end of the drum upside down so that it rests on the gravel. Cut a hole on the other end that will accept the hose that you connect to your waste tank on your bus. Run the hose a few inches into that end of the tank.

Fill in the hole while keeping the hose vertical and so that you have plenty of hose to connect to your bus.

Drive your bus over the hole, and connect the hose to your waste tank.

The secret to the successful operation of this system is yeast. Every month, put a packet of yeast (the kind used for baking bread) in to the toilet and flush it down.

The yeast eats up the solids and liquefies them.

No more having to haul your porta-tote to a stubout, or having to go dump your tank at some campground.

Give this a try, It really works.
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That's a cesspool, not a septic system. Kind of the equivalent to a pit toilet.
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Old 08-18-2011, 11:35 AM   #3
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No reason it should not work! Good idea, no matter what you call it.
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Old 08-18-2011, 12:38 PM   #4
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My initial thought was that this was a no-no, until I remembered that people I know have used a pit toilet legally, for years. And that is in the nanny state of western Washington. Of course, they are on land, eighty acres of it. Last time I referenced the law there was some sort of minimum acreage, though the state here has tightened things up, especially if you are close to Salish Sea. Regadless, this is not something you'd want the county health department to know about.
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far as i know up here it just has to be so far from any water source or river/lake etc.
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Re: Home made septic system

I thought that there might be some negative responses to this post. Let me say that there is not much difference between what I suggested than an outhouse. Human waste is not a toxic chemical. It is even used for fertilizer. Keep in mind that in this system, it is contained in the barrel in the ground. It is not a cesspool.

In any case, it is your choice to make one or not.
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Definetly not a septic system, they don't put solids into the soil. What you describe would be illegal where I am, and could potenially contaminate a shallow well. The one thing everyone needs to know is: don't let the county health department find out.
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lol contaminate a shallow well? ive worked on wells in the middle of the farmers STOCK YARD! then they invite us in for juice or coffee.. we pass on that one..
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this is no different then haveing a outhouse, and it will work ok people will run a pipe from a toliet in there camp to an out house it works.

where I am you would be shot, and your body suffted in the barrel should the health department find out. just dont let people know what your doing thats all.
humen waste is toxic, e-coli happens very fast, thats why we have sewage treatment plants, that stuff has to be treated to kill off all the bad stuff before it hits the water system. you can die from waste, I work at a waterplant, and sewage plant I can give a list off stuff that will make your skin fall off.

I do have a pet pvee about people dumping there black tanks in the bush, its not the right thing to do, lots of bad stuff being dumped.

just use common sense

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Gee! I was just trying to be helpful. I first learned about this home made system at a campground I stayed at for two years. There were 60 campsites, and each one had this type of system. The campground was there for twenty years until the owner died, (not from e-coli). No one there contracted e-coli.

I mentioned putting yeast in the drum every month. Yeast dissolves the solids.

Really, it is even better than an outhouse. How many years were those used? How many are still being used?

If you want to get technical, how about all the carbon monoxide you breath walking down a city sidewalk. What about all the harmful crap in a Big Mac?

This whole world is polluted.

Even the monks in the mountains of Nepal are feeling the effects.

Once again, if you feel that your turds are going to poison you, then flush them down the toilet. That's what your taxes pay for.

I won't be telling you about "spy pee".
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