Eljen's Geotextile Sand Filter system a fit for property with shallow water table
Eljen GSF chosen to replace cesspool for a two-bedroom home so the property would pass a time-of-sale inspection.
Problem: An owner in North Smithfield, Rhode Island, needed to replace a cesspool for a two-bedroom home so the property would pass a time-of-sale inspection. The property had a shallow water table, and all setbacks had to be met for a code-compliant system. The builder wanted the system to be installed below grade so it wouldn’t detract from the curb appeal.
Solution: D.H. Keene Septic designed the system and chose Eljen GSF (Geotextile Sand Filter) B43 modules for the drainfield because of the reduction in footprint size and shallow profile compared to a traditional system. The 80-foot-long by 4-foot-wide trench was placed within the setbacks of the property line and well by Matt Osborne and Dan Marcotte from Ken’s Excavating. A tipping distribution box delivers effluent to the 18 GSF modules from new 1,000-gallon septic tank.
Result: The home has a code-compliant system installed quickly so the property could be sold. The GSF system was installed in a smaller footprint than a stone-and-pipe system but requires the same maintenance.
As seen in December 2020 Pumper Magazine