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Stuey sitting in outhouse
OK.  If you're interested in learning a little more about how septic systems "work" then the next page should help.How Septics "Work"  LOL

Hah! You laugh. Me too, but it's true. The Ontario Building Code describes how it is to be done and gives no alternatives and just to add to this hypocrisy it is enforced by your local Health Department. Now I thought this to be more than a little dumb so I wrote to the (then) environment minister, the Honourable Leona Dombrowsky. .   The Chinese have been doing this for 1000's of years and now even the Americans, who incidentally are so backward that they still use the English system of units which even the English have abandoned. Not as backward as we Canucks though.  The Honourable minister replied, and I appreciate that she did, saying "...the legislation relating to household sewage falls under the Ontario Building Code Act, which is administered by Municipal Affairs." She also passed on my letter and reuse data (which she seemed to like) to the Honourable John Gerretsen who among other things is responsible for seeing that household sewage pollution is done according to code. Just to clear up any confusion over this point, and not to try to hard to second guess what the Honourable minister meant; I believe she is saying that her department only deals with cleaning up the environment while John's department mandates it's pollution. So environmental pollution caused by household sewage is of no concern of her department. Of course this clears up everything. Well it does. I think.  (See update below)
Soon I received a letter from the Honourable John Gerretsen who( I can hardly believe that we have another George M. Bush.), in his letter, stated that pollution of one's land was mandated by Section 8 of the Building Code Act, and sure enough that code does outline the acceptable methods of polluting one's land. Of course these pollution regulations have to be enforced by someone and who would that be? No don't bother to guess. The pollution regulation is enforced by no other than the Chief Building Official who is employed by the Health Department which of course is under John's watchful eye.

Now the interesting thing about this is that the code does not make any exceptions for those of us who don't wish to pollute our land at all. I suggested the possibility of purifying the effluent to our local Chief Building Official in the Health Department and he responded that, and I quote "you can't do that". He's quite right too. The code makes no provision for refusing to pollute. In rural Ontario we must pollute. It's the law.  (See update below)
Shades of George Orwell do yuh think?

John poops and Leona cleans it up. It's a government make work project plain and simple. Trouble is Leona has already said that she's not responsible for John's poop.
Well, I think it smells.

Unfortunately there are three serious changes, two social, and one environmental, that are not being considered. The first of these is that rural populations are changing. Where houses were a mile or more apart they are now sitting side by side along rural roads, and in small towns and where the elimination of the small family farm has eroded the tax base the towns cannot afford to go to a central sewage system. We, being an affluent society, are now dumping much more water into our tanks than we used to. We have bigger sinks, and bigger tubs, and bigger hot water tanks for longer showers. Result? Private wells are being polluted by septic systems in ever increasing numbers. If not by your own septic system then by your neighbours.
The second, and perhaps the most devastating problem, is just now starting to catch up with us. It is 'Climate Change'. What has that got to do with septic systems? Just this. For a septic tank to work properly (Properly means that it breaks down the solids so that the raw untreated effluent can flow easily into the ground.) it must be warm. Summer? No problem. Winter? Well, the heavy snow cover keeps the tank warm when the temperature drops way down. At least it used to. Now that global warming is upon us the snow cover is too thin and the top of effluent in the tank freezes over. This stops the septic action which in turn causes a build-up of solids to the point where they are forced out the outlet and into the tiles. The solids plug up the tile holes and the whole system fails and backs up into your house. Neat eh?  There are already many news reports of tank failures due to global warming coming in on a regular basis. Google is a good place to find them just search Google news with the word septic . There is one other point that should be given some consideration. Food for thought. When a new septic system is installed the ground is always tested to see that there is good drainage. What we don't test for is when the drainage is too good. Nobody knows what the geological conditions are under the tile field (or outhouse or cesspool). The phreatic zone. It can just as easily be a rock slope leading directly to you well only 100 feet away as it could be a rock fissure or gravel pit draining directly down into the water table. One thing is sure, once you poop in the ground it's going to go somewhere and that somewhere will ultimately be the water table. Septic systems do not purify the waste, they simply break down the solids so that they will flow into our lakes, rivers and wells more easily.  There is lots of misinformation out there to convince you that they do.  SEPTIC SYSTEMS DO NOT PURIFY THE EFFLUENT!  NO! THEY DON'T!  THEY DO NOT!!!!!.
The third problem is a change in our eating habits. Family farms used to grow much of their own foods and slaughter their own meat. What we didn't get from our own farm we could purchase from the local market.  I emphasis local because it meant that any contagion was kept local. Now we don't have many local farms and those that we do have are not, for the most part, producing market produce. For that we go to the super market and pick over the already well mauled and sneezed on vegetables to find a choice item. Even the cans have their own surface contaminations. If we're sharp, when we get them home we wash all the vegetables before we put them away. Of course we do this in the kitchen sink which is why the kitchen sink is now considered to be the dirtiest place in the average home. Yes, much dirtier than the toilet. And where does the the sink water go? ...Of course. So we modern rurals import the most dangerous pathogens from around the world, into our homes and then dump them in our wells (via the septic system) where we store them until we need a drink of water. We humans have always considered ourselves to be much more intelligent than the average dog. Well, our dog drinks from the toilet, not such a dumb animal after all.  The tilefield becomes a source for creatures to pick up and transmit pathogens  including bird flu and other super bugs thus helping the spread of  a health pandemic.

So what do we do?
With many problems we choose to eliminate the source, and this is surely the most effective way to stop pollution. Unfortunately this method lacks political will, I think mainly due to fear of constituent reaction.  It is the best solution but speaking for myself "I don't want to be eliminated, just yet"
Another, perhaps more palatable, solution could be to stop putting effluent into the ground. And this is the solution I am proposing. By processing the waste, which can be done more economically than the installation of a septic system, we can get a high grade potable odourless fertilizer which can be used as a top dressing on our gardens. Because of it's freedom from pathogens it can also be used in public places and can be commercially exchanged.

Before you get the idea that I'm just one of those bleeding heart environmental cry babies, I want to share one of my biggest secrets with you. Please get real close to the screen because I don't want anyone else to know. I live on 8 acres, and sometimes when I'm out in the bush I actually pee on the ground. Now please don't tell anyone.

Can you believe that polluting your land is actually required by law in rural Ontario Canada?

Stuey gets dragged into court. See updated info at the bottom of this page.  It get's tricky.

UPDATE:  Mr. Building Inspector takes poor old Stuey to Court for refusing to pollute. 

Well, what can I say?  The Health department took me to court for refusing to obey an order made under the Ontario Building Code  to install new equipment to pollute my land.  Am I surprised? A little maybe?  No, not really.  I intended to plead not guilty, since as I discovered, the law in these matters is more complicated than one would expect.  Yup, I did defy the order and to that I pled guilty.  The judge slapped my wrist.  Now I am no longer allowed to use a holding tank and must dump my effluent directly into the ground just like most everyone else.  I did gain a little.  I now have time to complete the cosmetic work on my purification machine, which incidentally, works very well so far.  I don't have to put in a septic system,  I can continue to use my existing outhouse. (It has a radio, thermostatically controlled forced air electric heat, a Ceramic tile floor, insulated, drywalled and papered walls and ceiling, electric wall sconce lamp with dimmer, screened window, and not to forget the all important seat with a hole in it.  Since the closure of Eaton's stores the necessary catalogues have had to be substituted.)

    But wait!  All this transpired under the Ontario Building Code (BC).  That's where the complications start.     The BC as mentioned, governs the construction of all buildings, fences, sewage systems and more.  This comes under the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.  We also have an Act called the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) which is under the Ministry of the Environment.  Now the EPA states that 1. it overrides all other acts that may be in conflict with it, and 2. that the dumping of effluent is against the law and may be subject to a fine of up to $10,000 dollars a day.  Clearly then every outhouse , septic system and leaching pit is in violation of this law.

    But wait!    The EPA also has a regulation attached to it that outlines how to dispose of household waste, effluent, using exactly the methods outlined in the BC.  So that would mean that even though the EPA says you can't pollute, it's regulation tells you how to pollute.  True it doesn't say that you have to.  Now don't try to tell me that this doesn't make any sense, because as you and I both know these laws are written by our elected leaders who are intelligent people, and if they say this all makes sense then who are you or I to question it?  I certainly don't want to imply that our elected leaders are a bunch of dolts and I'm sure you don't either.

     But wait!   There are a couple of other Acts that must be considered here.  The Interpretations Act (IA), which is  very difficult to read, says that all acts must be clear and easy to read.  It also says that regulations made under all other acts must maintain the intent of that act.  That is to say that a regulation cannot be made  that goes against the intent of the act to which it applies.  Now in my mind that says that the regulation permitting you to pollute in the EPA is void according to the IA.
Since the EPA overrides the BC then septics, and outhouses, or any other method of dumping raw sewage into the ground is illegal and under the EPA is subject to a fine of $10,000 dollars per day.  Not to worry though, these are Canadian dollars. There is one other point that needs attention here.  It is that  all Acts in Ontario must serve the best interests of Ontarians.  Now I suppose that being allowed to dump effluent into the ground, that may contain dangerous pathogens which could be a major contributor in a pandemic, and definitely contains high nitrogen and phosphate levels that promote the growth of Algae, which in turn, kills fish, frogs, birds and other forms of wildlife, is in yours and my best interest.  If so, then I guess it's ok.  As I've already stated, "I certainly don't want to imply that our elected leaders are a bunch of dolts and I'm sure you don't either."

Know what?  Poor old Stuey don't know if to shit or get off the pot any more.

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I've included considerable information about a technology that provides for economical purification and re-use of such waste, a machine that we call, for lack of a better name, "Dr. Bob's Poop Machine"

If you want to learn more about the poop machine, then you can download a detailed, albeit preliminary, pdf brochure about the machine.  It has been completed with some modifications to the design and the test results have been excellent thus far.  It still needs cosmetic work.

"Poop Machine"

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Pollution due to private septic systems takes on a whole new significance under climatic change conditions.  The diseases that can be transmitted by bugs and worms to the birds and then flown around are much more dangerous than ever before.  Thus the private system becomes a public monumental health pandemic builder.