Septic Tanks and Cistern Tanks - Do They Have Differences?

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Author: Mark Peabody

Mark Peabody

CEO of Peabody Engineering & Supply, Inc., we also are members of AWT (The Association of Water Technologies) and ARM (The Association of Rotational Molders), as well as the California Chamber of Commerce and the Corona Chamber of Commerce.

Are you puzzled by what a Below Ground Septic and Cistern Tank might be? If you have a couple of minutes read this and you'll have a basic understanding on these two types of tanks. Also, we'll answer some frequently asked questions about these products.

Cistern Tanks: The tank is made for below ground storage of potable (drinking) water. The resins used have been approved by the FDA to be in contact with products meant for human use, while septic tanks are not. The Cisterns are heavier duty compared to septic tanks as well, meaning they can be repeatedly filled and emptied without being concerned about sidewall strength. Cisterns can also be used to catch and store rain water.

Below Ground Septic Tanks: These types of tanks are made for human waste, both black water and also gray water. In general, a bio-additive is introduced inside the tank that eradicates the waste materials and the by-product is inert. French drains (pipes with openings in them) are affixed to the tank and the clean inert fluid is released over a large surface area and then absorbed by the soil. Those nutrients from the discharge are actually helpful towards the plant life in the area. They are designed as 1 as well as 2-compartment models. Peabody Engineering advises that you find out what your existing state regulations are, to determine what model works, with respect to your area. These tanks that are typically 750 gallons or larger usually are pre-plumbed.

Major Differences Between Septic And Cistern: Septic tanks are created to be full all of the time. Cistern tanks can be used as septic tanks, but septic tanks should Never be put to use as cistern tanks.

Am I Able To Use My Septic Or Cistern Above Ground? No. Below-ground tanks are only designed for direct burial applications. There are some other tank possibilities accessible in the event you have to have an above ground tank, including holding tanks designed to fit underneath mobile office trailers.

Just how Deep Might These Kinds Of Tanks Be Buried? Peabody Engineering recommends you bury them not more than 24" deep. Typical manhole extensions are 15" and 24" in lengths to accommodate access to your tank buried below grade without needing to dig a hole in the ground to access it.

Must I Fill The Tank With Water In The Course Of Burial? With standard duty septic tanks (yellow), the reply is yes. It will help stabilize the tank and will keep it from shifting during backfill and equalizes the pressure in and out of the tank thus it isn't going to become deformed during installation. Filling up the Bruiser (a heavier weight of a septic tank) or cistern with water while backfilling is recommended although not required.

Precisely What Septic And Cistern Tanks Are Legal With My State/Province? These plastic tanks have been approved from coast to coast and even in some international locations.

Great For:
Rural Areas
Vacation Residences
Campgrounds
Resorts
Building Areas.

How Big Of A Septic Or Cistern Tank Do I Need For My House? Suitable sizing of any septic or a cistern tank depends on several factors. Regarding septic tanks, common sewage flow is an essential aspect to consider. Most states have to have a minimum septic capacity of 1,000 gallons. Pertaining to cistern tank sizing, you'll want to figure out your house water use. A good website to research what size is right for you can be found at http://www.inspect-ny.com/septbook.htm. Pertaining to cistern tank sizing, consider the home water use calculator at http://apps.auroragov.org/WaterConservationCalculator/Default.aspx

The cistern tanks are FDA approved for the secure storing of drinkable water and does not impart a taste or odor in your water storage. They're compliant with FDA regulation 21CFR 177.150(c) 3.1 and 3.2. The Septic tanks are IAPMO in addition to CSA Approved. In case you require any help locating out which tank is acceptable with regards to your state Peabody Engineering has a listing of these tank model numbers and we would be happy to help you with that information.

Founded in 1952 in Gardena, CA, Peabody Engineering is a manufacturer and distributor of quality plastic tanks and tank related items. We also do custom rotational molding. Our 32,400 square foot corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility is centrally located in Corona, CA.

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