It’s kind of like working on a project car...

This is our soon to be new wastewater treatment system. The old soakage trench from the septic tank has ‘gone to God’ and this is our solution.

The trench took the effluent from the septic tank plus greywater direct from the bathroom and kitchen (technically kitchen waste water is considered ‘black’ water...same as toilet) and it just soaked away...

This place runs on rain water only and there’s currently not enough roof area to supply the house given the typical rainfall. So being able to treat and recover our waste water at least for garden use would be great.

Essentially it’s a big hole filled with four plastic troughs (2nd grade septic tanks actually) linked via 100mm PVC pipe and each filled with gravel. So far I’ve buried nearly two grand in money plus a couple of weeks of my labour but when 15,000 litres of water (about 10 weeks supply) costs $350...the payback should be quite quick.

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Faster than a rusty Miata anyway...

Oh and here’s a bonus...

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These are old, broken grindstones that were discarded by Aboriginal people as they moved through our property over the past couple of tens of thousands of years. Gives you a perspective on the difference between ownership and the reality that you are just a temporary custodian...