All homeowners need a way to clear out wastewater. If you are in a big city, your house is most likely linked to the public sewer system. In a suburban area, you may have the option of a personal septic system. Few people think about where their waste goes, but you must consider it.

What’s the Difference?

With a sewer system, wastewater leaves your property, and sewer lines carry it to a treatment facility. Then, the facility processes and cleans the water so that they can discharge it back into the local water supply. Your local municipality controls these systems, and they are responsible for maintaining it.

With a septic system, the waste goes into a tank where bacteria break down the solid waste. Then, the liquid goes into the drain field. Both systems are responsible for removing and filtering water from:

  • Sinks
  • Dishwashers
  • Showers
  • Washing machines
  • Toilets

Cost Of A Septic System

A septic system can save you money over time. If you install your own septic tank, you will have to pay for the installation cost. If you are buying a home with a septic system, then the price of it should be included in the listed home price.

If your property connects to a sewer system, you will be responsible for paying monthly sewer fees to your city. Some areas include the sewage costs with your water bill, whereas others will separate the two. These costs can run on the high end, depending on where you live and what type of equipment your city uses. If you live in a remote area, it can be costly, if not impossible, to connect to a local sewer system.

Besides installation, the only other costs associated with your septic system are the minimal maintenance expenses you’ll encounter over time. It would be best if you had your septic tank pumped by a professional every two to three years.

Septic Systems Are More Environmentally Friendly

Public treatment plants for sewer systems use harsh chemicals to treat the wastewater. They also consume a lot of energy to pump that water into nearby rivers. Environmentalists have raised concerns over the years about the potential impact of sewage water on the local ecosystem.

The amount of energy that these facilities use can exceed 30 terawatt-hours per year. This makes for high electric costs. On-site septic systems do not have these issues. The environmental benefits of septic systems are:

  • They use naturally existing bacteria and no strong chemicals
  • They use much less energy than sewer systems
  • They are less susceptible to overflow

Personal Control Over Your Drainage

When your local government controls your wastewater removal, you have to rely on them to manage problems, backups, and efficiency. Additionally, they can charge you for system upgrades at a moment’s notice. 

The final choice depends on your location and personal preference. If you are looking for independence and complete control, a septic system would be your best option.

For more information about septic tanks, call Front Range Septic at 970-302-0457.