A Cesspit (or often referred to as a Cesspool) is simply a holding tank for sewage. A cesspit does not have an outlet like a Septic tank. It is the last resort to install a cesspit, only when there is no way to drain water through the ground or send treated water to a ditch would a cesspit be installed.
The minimum required volume for any domestic household is 18000L (for a one bedroom property containing 2 people).
For each additional person, 6800L is added. Therefore:
2 people = 18000L
3 people = 24800L
4 people = 31600L
5 people = 38400L
6 People = 45200L
7 People = 52000L
8 People = 58800L
This provides approximately 45 days of storage.
A high level alarm is always recommended to alert the residents of the need for the tank to be emptied
Removal of liquid from a cesspit has to be done by a licenced waste carrier.
Cesspits are not allowed in Scotland unless it is for temporary storage while a permanent solution is being installed.