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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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For Hawaiian homeowners, this means that for the first time ever, they can, in the same space as their existing cesspool, safely treat their sewage on-site and can reclaim 100% of this highly treated water for landscape irrigation purposes.
Upcountry Maui has 7,400 cesspools that are a potential threat to drinking water and Kahaluu has 740 cesspools, which are also putting human health at risk and affecting sensitive waters in the area.
Cesspools provide no treatment and inject about 53 million gallons of raw sewage into Hawaiis groundwater every day, potentially spreading disease and harming the quality of drinking water supplies and recreational waters.
Cesspools collect and discharge waterborne pollutants like untreated raw sewage into the ground, where disease-causing pathogens can contaminate groundwater, streams and the ocean.
The County of Hawaii will pay a $105,000 fine for its two cesspools at the Hilo Drag Strip and one at the Hilo Trap & Skeet Range.
Cesspools serving resorts and restaurants can pollute the groundwater and nearshore waters where people swim, said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest.
Environmentalists trying to block a cesspool waste dump from opening in the Sepulveda Basin say Los Angeles City Councilwoman Laura Chick is their last hope for victory after a string of defeats.
The number of defective cesspools may increase in the future if the project is not implemented.
There are more than 18,000 families in Los Angeles who rely on septic tanks, cesspools or other disposal methods, according to the 1990 census.
Justification: Project of local benefit which will eliminate defective cesspools and health hazards.
Tenders are invited for Truck Combined Washer for Cleaning and Emptying Cesspools + Sewerage Networks
The center at SBU will work on "developing and commercializing" new technology to better eliminate nitrogen in cesspools and on-site septic systems, with the aim of boosting local water quality.