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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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 State of Hawai'i is offering a $10,000 property tax credit when homeowners in environmentally-sensitive areas replace their cesspools with Envirocycle[R] technology.
America has tried to come out of the cesspool of racial conservatism and racism, and we're right back to square one," said Lami, who owns La Caffita bakery shop, also located in Los Angeles.
Even items for good hygiene become a cesspool for bacteria over time.
The inmate alleged that he was subject to cold showers, cold food, unsanitary dishes, insect problems, lack of adequate clothing, and the presence of an open "cesspool" near his housing unit.
Its Ike-era prototype, Grace Metalious' Peyton Place, describes the adulteries and out-of-wedlock pregnancies of a small New England town; in Metalious' sequel, Return to Peyton Place, heroine Allison Mackenzie writes a book very like Peyton Place, finds a New York publisher, and enters a swirling cesspool of Manhattan glamour and corruption.
He called the old excavation site a "cesspool" and an "eyesore," and is glad it will be fixed up.
Q I live in a small terrace of four houses with only a small back yard, so the drainage facilities are connected to the end house where the cesspool is situated.
Boracay was closed six months ago precisely because it had become a 'cesspool,' as President Duterte described it.
The island has been closed to tourists for its ecological restoration and rehabilitation since April 26 after President Rodrigo Duterte cited that it has become a "cesspool." Puyat reminded the potential tourists of the island to practice responsible and sustainable tourism once it reopens.
MANILA: Boracay, a popular tourist island in the central Philippines that was once dubbed a"cesspool"by President Rodrigo Duterte, is to have a soft opening on Monday, with locals getting the first glimpse of the rehabilitated holiday hotspot.
A cesspool of difficulties that must be overcome if we want to preserve the island for generations to come.
Campaigning residents have vowed to fight plans for a temporary cesspool on a school site near their homes.