Wherever you live, you have one of two kinds of wastewater system. You may be connected to a town or city sewer network with a centralized water treatment plant, or you could have your own onsite septic system consisting of a septic tank and a soil absorption field or leachfield.

In keeping with the general trend of migration out of the cities into suburban and rural areas, onsite systems for recycling wastewater have become a sustainable long-term solution in places where community public sewer systems are not physically or financially viable. Onsite systems — which consist of a septic tank and a soil absorption field or leachfield — make efficient use of space as land development puts new pressures on natural resources.

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