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cesspool:

see septic tankseptic tank,
underground sedimentation tank in which sewage is retained for a short period while it is decomposed and purified by bacterial action. The organic matter in the sewage settles to the bottom of the tank, a film forms excluding atmospheric oxygen, and anaerobic
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cesspool

[′ses‚pül]
(civil engineering)
An underground tank for raw sewage collection; used where there is no sewage system. Also known as cesspit.

cesspool

cesspool
1. A lined and covered excavation in the ground which receives the discharge of domestic sewage or other organic wastes from a drainage system, so designed as to retain the organic matter and solids, but permitting the liquids to seep through the bottom and sides; also called a leaching cesspool or pervious cesspool.
2. (Brit.) A wooden box, usually lead-lined, constructed in a roof or gutter, to collect rainwater, which then passes to a downpipe.
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The Travaasa Hotel Hana Resort (formerly known as the Hotel Hana Maui) has voluntarily closed a number of its cesspools over the last three years, and has committed to closing its remaining 14 large capacity cesspools within the next two years, replacing them with state-approved septic systems.
You'd have thought cesspools would be more the bag of cabinet housing member John Lines.
Mr Bin Rajab promised Mr Al Mohannadi that drainage tankers would be on standby in the area to drain cesspools whenever they flooded.
He added: "This scheme will ensure that the current pollution problems in Flecknoe and the inconvenience of septic tanks and cesspools will be a thing of the past.
Most of the city's poor opposed the removal or regulation of cesspools and wells since they viewed them as harmless; equally, they resisted compulsory vaccination against pestilential diseases.
Under the new rule, new large capacity cesspools are prohibited from use as of by April 2000 and the use of existing cesspools will be phased out by April of 2005.
If we go down that road we are going to end up with cities like cesspools - what happened in other countries that went that way.
Justification: Project of local and general benefit which will eliminate defective cesspools and potential health hazards.
Even today, thousands of homes in the foothills and Valley area still use cesspools and septic tanks as their means of waste disposal where no sewage hookups are available.
Justification: Project of local benefit which will eliminate defective cesspools and health hazards.
Tom Hayden forgot that farmers had wells, cesspools and underground leaded gasoline tanks from Hollywood to the Antelope Valley.
The number of defective cesspools may increase in the future if the project is not implemented.