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Chlorinated City Water Into a Septic Field?
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Chlorinated City Water Into a Septic Field?

Chlorinated City Water Into a Septic Field?

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We are on a septic field and a well.  The well water is very hard and difficult to treat and lately quantity has become a serious issue.  I'm considering installing 4-250 gallon water tanks in the basement and having the city water dept. fill these once a week.  Our city services dept. charges a few dollars for the service so it's worth it from a cost perspective.
My question is, "What effect will treated city water have on my septic field?

RE: Chlorinated City Water Into a Septic Field?

Probably will have little effect.  The chlorine residual of treated city water should be less than 1 part per million, not high enough to seriously effect the "bugs" in your septic tank.  1000 gallons of treated water a week into a septic system is pretty minor.
There are treatment systems for hardness, including softeners and sequestration, which may be cheaper for you than having water hauled to your house in the long run.  

RE: Chlorinated City Water Into a Septic Field?

if you plan on increasing your demand significantly higher with the city water than your well water, you may have a detrimental efect on your disposal field.  But the chlorinated water should not affect the system any more than the well water due to the fact that the vast majority of the treated water will be utilized as "non-consumption, and therefore the will not be any chlorine residuals.  Even storage in the tanks over longer periods will somewhat reduce the residual concentration.

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