In helping someone to evaluate a home for purchase, it was clear that the lot was tiny, at 0.10/acre. The good news was that the home was large, well suited to her family size, and probably could be purchased at a great price.
However, what came along with the deal would be a new septic holding tank(s), as the current system didn’t meet newer septic rules. Though I only had one estimate of about $150/trip to pump a normal holding tank, that really didn’t help, as we needed to know how much in gallons would be consumed by the household in order to determine the number of trips/year would be required.
I found an online water consumption calculator, and entered her family’s normal water consumption patterns. The great home will be left un-purchased, as it appeared that at least two trips/month would be necessary to pump out the holding tank(s). Adding $300+ to her monthly costs was not in the plan, so we passed on the deal.
Try the calculator, even if you would just like to see ways in which you can reduce your consumption, holding tank or not.
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