Ever wonder how septic systems have become so popular and how they originated? Here is a brief history of septic systems and how they have withstood the test of time.
The Septic Tank Origin Story
Septic tanks were invented by Frenchman John Mouras in the 1860s. He began with a simple prototype made of clay and used wastewater from his home. When the sewage overflowed from the tank, it would be released into a cesspool. After ten years, he would open the tank to see how the prototype fared. He was shocked to see it was almost virtually free of solids. Because of its success, it was eventually introduced to the US in 1883.
The Start of Regulations
The septic system was almost an overnight success in America. But regulations were needed right away to ensure safety. If septic waste is not handled properly, it can be toxic to people and the surrounding environment. The Massachusetts State Board was among the first, along with other health agencies, to report links between mishandled sewage and disease. Title 5 was put into place to regulate safety standards regarding residential septic systems.
Standing the Test of Time
Nearly 25% of homes in the United States use a septic system. Many changes have taken place over the years to help the modern septic system evolve to the ones we use today. By the 1950s, concrete tanks filtering into drain fields became the standard. The introduction of septic tank risers, effluent filters, alarms, and other modern septic components contributed to the safety of the systems. They are now considered a safe alternative to city sewage systems.
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