HOW TO SIZE A CESSPIT
Owls Hall Environmental How To GuideA 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.
Step one: Calculate the number of people in the property.
1 bedroom property can be classed as 2 people.
2 and 3 bedroom properties are classed as 5 people
4 bedroom properties are classed as 6 people
5 bedroom properties are classed as 7 people.
Step 2: Calculate the size of Cesspit required:
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:
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.