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    How far from sewer before tap-in required?

    We are looking at establishing (at least for single family or duplex proposals) a minimum distance a project needs to be away from wastewater in order to have septic tanks instead of a wastewater connection.

    Does anyone have a distance? I have seen 300' in some areas.......thanks! John

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    Cyburbian Tide's avatar
    Oct 2005
    The Gig City
    Lowest I've seen is 200'. Is your sewer department municipally owned? What is their take on it, of course they would want everyone available to connect. You can probably get the home builder to pay to extend the line as well, especially if it was a subdivision of any size.

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    Three hundred feet is the rule here in my little corner of southern Indiana. It makes no sense, however, as we are on shale that doesn't percolate worth a darn. Here in the city, we don't let 'em use septic: in the county, apparently they like pooping on the ground and letting it leach to their streams and creeks.
    Je suis Charlie

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    Cyburbian otterpop's avatar
    Jul 2003
    Down by Dun Ringill
    Blog entries
    500 feet in Montana. Of course you can get a waiver if the sewer manager (private or municiapal) does not have capacity to extend.
    "I am very good at reading women, but I get into trouble for using the Braille method."

    ~ Otterpop ~

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    Apr 2009
    Our water resources department has an ordinance that the infrastructure must be within the road right-of-way before tying in, which means if you have a sewer easement along the side or back of your property you cannot tie in but if it is in the road ROW and within 1,000 feet of your development then you must tie in. The purpose for this is so they do not have to take their equipment off the road to perform maintenance in an easement through someone's back yard.

    Does not make much sense to me but I guess that is why I'm a land use planner and not a sewer engineer.

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    moderator in moderation Suburb Repairman's avatar
    Jun 2003
    at the neighboring pub
    I've seen anything from 500' to 1,000'. Personally, I like the 1,000' rule.

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

    - Herman Göring at the Nuremburg trials (thoughts on democracy)

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    Cyburbian JimPlans's avatar
    Aug 2006
    Gone to a better place (in my mind)
    I worked in a very small town where it theoretically was 500 feet, but because the nearest County pipe was miles away the point was somewhat moot. Too bad, because everyone had to have septic mounds because of the poor perk charateristics of the soil.

    In Florida there's a big push to reclaim wastewater for reuse, something that can't be done with septic systems. Personally, I think we should all be planning for a future with 100% wastewater reuse, so making it as difficult as possible to use septic systems is ok with me.

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    May 2003
    My Central Texas city is 500 feet.

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    Thank y'all for the info!

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