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Need help with Well Septic info
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Ellen    Posted 05-11-2004 at 07:22:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a piece of land in Texas that is 283' wide by 287' deep. In the center is a large house(3100sf). In the Left corner is a large barn. I have a 480' well servicing the house and an arobic system septic. I want to turn the barn into living quarters for another family. It is unrestricted land. Do I need another well and Septic, or can I hook up to existing?
If I need another, do I have enough land for another?
Thank you for your advise, in advance.

Ron/PA    Posted 05-11-2004 at 07:56:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ellen, I can't help you with Texas, but here in Pa. it would be very hard to do what you want.
First of all, each residence needs it's own septic system, unless you build one approved to handle two homes. Next there are usually restrictions on the proximity of a well to the septic, or septic to a residence, or a septic to a neighboring well.
I can tell you as well, that here you could not do this on your size lot without a variance, and in all likelyhood, that request would be denied.
Best of luck

Red Dave    Posted 05-11-2004 at 07:48:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
You can hook up for the second residence, but whether the well and septic system have the capacity to handle it depends on your individual well and septic system. I think you need to look at how many people you expect the systems to serve.

How many gallons per minute is your well?
How many occupants was your septic designed for?
Around here, septic systems are sized by the number of bedrooms in the house. I don't how your well, buildings and septic are arrainged, but here in PA, wells must be 100' from a septic system. You would need to see what regulations your state and municipality go by.

E. G. HENDRICKSON    Posted 05-11-2004 at 08:21:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Red Dave has it in a nutshell! And in my water district, they want another 1,500 for a new
tap if I want water at the barn!

Ellen    Posted 05-11-2004 at 09:05:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Here in Texas, there are two types of land. Restricted (sub-division) and unrestricted. On Unrestricted land, you could build a hotel if you want. or a second home on the land, without so much as a permit! (scary thought in other parts of the country). I'm trying to establish what is the "norm". My current will is 450 - 480 feet, and is located right near the barn. the house is some 120 feet away, and then the arobic system is another 120 ft away from that!!

since I'm in the country, on unrestricted land, I was trying to get a feel for what size well and system services how many families.

Maybe I need to contact a commercial well company.
thank you

Red Dave    Posted 05-11-2004 at 09:51:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Do you have any records that show how big your septic system is? Just as a point of comparison, mine is 1250 square feet of drainfield and was designed for 5-6 occupants. Remember, that capacity can vary greatly with soil types. The well is 3 gpm and I have never had a problem keeping up with the demands of the 5 of us.
If you don't know the gpm flow of your well, look on the underside of the well cap, around here, the drillers mark it on there. Gives you a place to start from, sorry I can't be more specific.

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