From Water Wells and Septic Systems Handbook
The general regulations of the septic code are not extensive. They are, however, important to know and observe. Let s take a look at them now.
Domestic waste, which includes all wastes and sewage derived from ordinary living uses, must terminate in an approved septic or treatment tank if a public sewer connection is not available. It is possible for a code officer to create a variance to this requirement. Privies are not allowed. Except where specifically approved by a code officer, cesspools are prohibited.
The disposal of industrial wastes must be approved by a code officer. Certain objects must be prevented from entering a private sewage system. Some of the prohibited materials include:
Explosive liquids and gases
Clear water, such as surface water, rain or other clear water, shall not be allowed to enter a private sewage-disposal system. Water from a water softener or iron filter backwash must discharge into a septic system, unless it can be disposed of on the ground surface without creating a nuisance.
A flood plain can create a serious problem for the installation of a septic system. Soil absorption systems must not be installed in a floodway. This type of system is also prohibited in a flood fringe, unless specific approval is given by a code official. No new sewage-disposal system may be installed in a floodway.
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