Septic Tanks – a brief introduction

Typical septic tank system layout - septic tank connected to a percolation area

Septic Tanks – a brief introduction

Septic tanks, a brief summary  to help you better understand what’s behind the process hidden in your garden and the waste water management provided by a septic tank system.  The full article can be read here


Septic tanks are a type of wastewater management system commonly used in rural areas. Septic tanks are usually found underground in close proximity to the premises. They manage all waste emitted from a household (wastewater from bathrooms, kitchens and appliances). Septic tanks are not connected to any sewer system; they are very commonly used in rural areas. This is due to the lack of alternatives to household waste management. If a property were to be developed on a quiet countryside road, it would most like have a septic system

Houses outside towns and villages that are likely on septic tank waste management

Like every waste management system, Septic tanks have their own pros and cons. A consumer should be well versed in both before further inquiry. Compared to the alternative of sewers septic tanks are much more eco friendly. Although, septic systems place the responsibility for proper installation, maintenance and use on the owner of the septic system.

The full detail of post 1 in this series of articles about drains, septic tanks and proper waste water management can be viewed at link mentioned above.

Post 2 – is published here on and it will go further in depth on the maintenance and problems that can be found with both septic tanks and drains & drainage systems.