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rxb
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# Posted: 20 Feb 2021 09:20
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years ago i saw a youtube video that i cant find now of an off grid sewage treatment system which was very very good.

it was a non-permitted system grandfathered in but the county was monitoring it because everyone agreed it was a good idea

the man's toilet was connected via conventional plumbing to an old bathtub in the yard. a wooden box surrounded the tub, and big windows formed the top of this solar oven.

a vent pipe extended maybe 10 feet in the air, and the drain of the tub was filtered and hooked to a greywater system.

the solids that remained were evaporated fairly quickly left only a tiny bit of "dirt" in the bottom of the bathtub, completely dehydrated pooh

he said every year or two he'd sweep out about a cup of pooh dirt and throw it in the yard

i have no idea on how to find this video, maybe someone has also seen it, or heard of something similar i can look at for important details i may have forgotten.

gcrank1
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# Posted: 20 Feb 2021 10:40
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Interesting. Might have been an 'old school' mini system a step or two beyond the common pit privy?
Might have even been something in The Mother Earth News long back?
In spite of the rules,regs and permitting for systems in 'civilized' countries there are a bunch of systems explained online for developing countries, or even remote facilities in the outback of the USA (think NFS) that take sanitation well beyond what many (most?) rural homes and farms had pre and even post WWII.
In my youth in the late '50s, early '60s there were still a number of folks around here (sc WI) that were living pretty 'basic'.
Im considering a multi 5-10 gal bucket micro septic system and drain field. Imo Two people in a mostly weekend dry cabin do not produce enough black and grey water to require a full home sized system and can still be sanitary. But no way would the authorities permit it. Until then its the Luggable Loo method.

rxb
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# Posted: 20 Feb 2021 12:58
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well i know i found it on youtube but asking on Motherearth is probably a great idea, so i shall do so.

his system i THINK would now be about 30 years old and he did it himself, the county granfathered him in when he asked if it could be permitted and basically said "we want to see how it goes"

i THINK his water table was too high for a septic tank and his solution was so smart, i figure i can use it with or without a permit and since i have a research group, maybe it could get some grant money to "research" its use.

who knows. but i want to see the video and be sure i get everything right first.

tichalet
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# Posted: 20 Feb 2021 16:27
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Was it this one? Sounds like your guy - his county is letting him use it on an experimental basis.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6jsMx9yGnw&feature=emb_logo

Nobadays
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# Posted: 20 Feb 2021 17:54
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Interesting idea! If you're in an area where codes don't apply, this might be a good solution to human solid waste issues if you don't mind packing the porta potty tank around.

rxb
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# Posted: 20 Feb 2021 19:04
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doesnt seem like the
" right one" but sure seems good enough to help me out

thank you

rxb
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# Posted: 20 Feb 2021 19:23
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see now,

watching his video, i think this is genius, in many counties this would be enough for code, but if it flowed into a traditional septic tank and field... i think it would DEFINATELY be up to code.

the disadvantage is paying to put in a septic tank and field.
the advantage is that if your grey water goes right into the septic tank, and your sewage water goes through the greenhouse first, then you probably NEVER need to pump your tank so long as the initial stage was designed well.

Fanman
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# Posted: 20 Feb 2021 21:48
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Sounds like an alternate take on a composting toilet.

gcrank1
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# Posted: 20 Feb 2021 23:09
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Im starting to think about things like some pipes, a big truck cast iron brake drum and a propane weed burner.
Winter is seeming long here......

rxb
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# Posted: 21 Feb 2021 13:51
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Quoting: Fanman
Sounds like an alternate take on a composting toilet.



thats exactly right... except much larger and without any need to maintain it.

moneypitfeeder
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# Posted: 22 Feb 2021 19:52
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Here's another alternative that sounds similar to the system you have described. It's like composting meets septic system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRXJn5Edf3U&feature=emb_imp_woyt

gcrank1
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# Posted: 1 Mar 2021 17:19 - Edited by: gcrank1
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I had thought yeah, hey, Im good with making a sanitary, thoughtful mini-system thats enviro-friendly!
Ive found out in our area that ANY 'unapproved/unpermited/uninspected' system will likely result in a fine of 2x the permit cost and red tape.....
Might as well just use a Luggable Loo and bag it to take home.....or just take a walk back in the woods like a bear .

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