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On 30/07/2020 18:43, Rod Speed wrote:

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On Tue, 28 Jul 2020 17:27:40 +0100, Muddymike


Recent post about septic tank produced a lot of hot air. Just
how many on this list actually live in a house served by a
septic tank?

I liked the story (which I hope is true) about the couple asleep in
their camper van when they heard sounds of a disturbance
outside.* It
turned out someone was attempting to syphon the fuel but syphoned
septic tank instead :-)


*** LOL serve them right )))

How do you 'syphon' anything from a tank that is below ground ?.

I assume what’s being referred to is a motorhome’s waste tank (under
floor of the motorhome) rather than a true septic tank.

I think the story is an urban legend though. Motorhomes often have
water tank fillers that look a bit like fuel tank caps but grey
water (or
toilet waste) drain taps could not be mistaken for fuel fillers.

Canal boats however DO have waste tanks with stoppers almost
identical to
their fuel tank fillers (a screw in brass plug).


just noticed yesterday my car fuel tank has an anti-syphon device
fitted in the neck which won't let you tip the tank up to empty
it...... simple device

or perhaps on further thought is to stop the fuel going the wrong way
for whatever reason ????????????....three hinged triangular flaps
which shut in a frame when you tip the tank upside down....but let
fuel through when filling??????

Maybe its meant to work better in a rollover which loses the petrol cap.

thinking that if it was just to stop syphoning it wouldn't have the
three wee triangular one way flaps....

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On 29/7/20 9:27 pm, The Natural Philosopher wrote:
On 29/07/2020 12:03, NY wrote:
Cess pit: sealed container which has no outflow and does little to
process the sewage - effectively everything that goes in has to be
emptied back out.

Septic tank: two vessels which process the sewage and discharge
*fairly* innocuous liquid into a soakway or a water course (though the
latter is not allowed in the new 2020 regs)

Neither have been allowed for years. That's why I had to put in what you
call a 'mini sewage works' back in the noughties.. had a septic tank
discharging into a soakaway, they said 'New house? Cant use that'

Mini sewage works: septic tank with mechanical agitation and maybe air
bubbled through the sewage to help it to rot more, discharging liquid
which is cleaner than for a septic tank, into either a soakway or a
watercourse (the latter *is* allowed in the 2020 regs).

Other methods are allowable. I.e. reed beds etc etc

In Australia mine is a tank that overflows into an absorption trench and
every year I have to pay a fee "to operate a sewage treatment works"

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