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Expanding a Manufactureed Home Comunity with Septic

Logan M.
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Posted Jan 22 2024, 09:56

Last Tuesday, I went to a Planning and Zoning meeting and received a lot of verbal support for expanding my community. This park is right outside of the more populated area in my county but is a short drive to everything. The downside is that there is no sewer so they are all on septic tanks. 

The biggest challenges I am facing are:

1. The number of tanks is one per unit.

2. The size of the drain field.

3. Each home needs to have room for a replacement tank.

I believe I will be able to add some homes but am a little nervous that the septic tank set-up may kill us.

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Replied Jan 23 2024, 17:59

1.  Is your source of water city or a drilled well?  
2.  If drilled.  What is its capacity and distance from the drain fields?

3.  Are you allowed to do a two sewer pond system?

4.  Can you do a pump out tank system?  Check costs.  

5.  Do you have enough elevation change above ground or below?  Will you need a grinder lift station?

6.  How far is the nearest sewer connection? 

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Replied Jan 24 2024, 10:46
Quote from @Henry Clark:

1.  Is your source of water city or a drilled well?  
2.  If drilled.  What is its capacity and distance from the drain fields?

3.  Are you allowed to do a two sewer pond system?

4.  Can you do a pump out tank system?  Check costs.  

5.  Do you have enough elevation change above ground or below?  Will you need a grinder lift station?

6.  How far is the nearest sewer connection? 

1. Is your source of water city or a drilled well? City Water

2. If drilled. What is its capacity and distance from the drain fields? I need to have an engineer do the planning on this because it is regulated by the county and is multifamily so it creates some odd ordinances.

3. Are you allowed to do a two sewer pond system? I could check but I doubt we have the space.

4. Can you do a pump out tank system? Check costs. I will check on this

5. Do you have enough elevation change above ground or below? Will you need a grinder lift station? It is pretty flat with some grading needed but we should be fine.

6. How far is the nearest sewer connection? It would be another city over so probably 3 miles or more.

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    Replied Jan 24 2024, 11:18

    If you have to have drain fields that will take up a lot of ground.  Sewer pond system will be cheaper and easier to install.  

    For the drain fields have you already had a soil permeability test done?  Will they allow drain tiles?  

    Do any of your neighbors have drilled water wells?  There will be a setback of your drain field versus their wells.

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    Replied Jan 25 2024, 10:45
    Quote from @Henry Clark:

    If you have to have drain fields that will take up a lot of ground.  Sewer pond system will be cheaper and easier to install.  

    For the drain fields have you already had a soil permeability test done?  Will they allow drain tiles?  

    Do any of your neighbors have drilled water wells?  There will be a setback of your drain field versus their wells.


     I walked the property yesterday with the company that will be doing our plans and gained a lot of useful insight. Next week he will be doing soil samples but he said he has done soil samples in other areas nearby.

    You mentioned the tiles and I am not sure how they are different than the chamber system but that is what he recommends. We would need 5000 sqft per system plus the home so about 6000 sqft per unit.


    Once we get the soil tests back we will do an updated site plan and will have a better idea of the density we will pursue.

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    Replied Jan 25 2024, 12:09

    Answer is probably no but I would ask about sewer ponds. One pond for decomposing solids to settle and a smaller attached one for clear water and micros.


    We had 14 trailers in total of about 12,000 sqft.  We were in Louisiana.  Yours could be smaller due to faster evaporation.  
    Glad you’re moving forward.  

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    Replied Jan 26 2024, 08:04
    Quote from @Henry Clark:

    Answer is probably no but I would ask about sewer ponds. One pond for decomposing solids to settle and a smaller attached one for clear water and micros.


    We had 14 trailers in total of about 12,000 sqft.  We were in Louisiana.  Yours could be smaller due to faster evaporation.  
    Glad you’re moving forward.  


     Great advice, I will look into it.