Home Ownership – The Important Issues

by Curt Kerns, M.S., R.P.Bio., C.F.S                 

Aside from the purchase price, taxes, and ongoing maintenance to a home, dealing with the by-products (wastes) of everyday living is of utmost importance. While WetlandsPacific cannot offer advice with the first issues, we can be of assistance with septic concerns.  Homeowners need to know the options, the environmental implications and the total costs associated with septic systems, which includes the “life cycle” of the system.  When the life of an asset such as a home is considered, “cheap” seldom equals “inexpensive”.  To build a home that will last 80+ years, yet install a Type I septic system (septic tank and drain field) with an average life expectancy on lower Vancouver Island of 20 years does not make financial sense.   With a properly maintained Type II system (septic tank + secondary treatment plant + dispersal field), it should last the life of your house.

When your property is located in an area of ecological concern such as waterfront, high water table (disease causing virus can live for months in groundwater), near wetlands, steep slopes where runoff goes into surface waters, over an aquifer, and the like, then it makes sense to invest in a Type III system, which has the same basic components as a Type II, but with a higher degree of treatment.  With mature landscaping, tight available area for installation or repairs, a system that provides for the most advanced contaminant removal available yet still be cost competitive should be considered.  A new class of constructed wetland, that of capillary, the patented, award winning Vegetative Tertiary Filter, is your choice.

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