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TBI 10-17-2009 08:47 PM

20% Reduction Septic System
The county who issues perk permits said I should install a 20% reduction septic system. Does anyone know how this is different than a standard system?

Daniel Holzman 10-17-2009 09:42 PM

If you tell us where you are located, and exactly what the county said, we might be able to help.

TBI 10-18-2009 12:58 PM

I am located in NC, Pender Co.

Daniel Holzman 10-18-2009 02:41 PM

I am not familiar with NC codes. In Massachusetts, a 20% reduction system would refer to the fact that certain types of systems are approved for 20% less area than a standard system, based on improved performance. Similarly, some systems are approved for less groundwater offset (i.e. you can put the system 4 feet above maximum groundwater rather than the standard distance of 5 feet).

This type of thing may be what the county is talking about. However, septic codes are usually local, and the only way to understand what the county wants is to ask the local code enforcement official.

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