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Old 06-29-2004, 09:35 PM   #11
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that waste water probably costs less than the gas it takes to go to the LFS to buy RO water.
Very good point!
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Old 06-30-2004, 01:22 PM   #12
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Regarding RO/DI waste water volume and septic systems, we recently purchased a house and had a local municipal on-site sewage inspector visit for the inspection phase. His advice: "the best way to ensure proper functioning and longevity of on-site sewage systems, septic or cesspool, is water conservation. Run as little volume as possible through the system." While it seems reasonable that waste water would simply flow to the drain field, there must be some reason for the above recommendation. He's the expert, not me. Would suggest you call your local municipality and ask if sending an extra 500 gallons of waste water per month would tax your system. They are usually very helpful. If your system is appropriately sized, I suspect the answer will be "no," but it's worth the call since the downside is thousands of dollars and one heck of a mess. Just FYI. Good luck.
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The reason is because, how many time do you just run water down the drain? There is always something in it that is not friendly to the bacteria in your septic that are breaking down the solids. Antibacterial soap, shampoo, toothpase, toilet paper, etc etc etc. Waste water is simply water, nothing added
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Old 06-30-2004, 07:23 PM   #14
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Now this is where this forum has some definite 'value ad'... not only am I getting excellent aquarium advice, I'm getting very insightful input into the health of my septic system! I'm serious - this is great!

I have a friend who is the septic guy for the county I live in and plan on giving him a call to see what he can add.

As for my tank, its a 46 gal. with sump so roughly 50 gal. I'll only need to produce enough RO water for partial water changes and evap so I think the excess will be negligible, but then again my house is 30 years old so I don't want to take any chances...

Thanks again for the added input to this thread!

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I am also thinking of getting an RO/DI system. Once the storage tank is full does the system continue to waste water or is it idle until some of the stored water is used(makes the most sense to me)?

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Most RO/DI filters these days have an auto shut off when back pressure reaches a certain point, so it should shut off.
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