City mandates connection to sewer / septic is fine questions
I'm peeved. Our system is as old as the house (1974) and has never had a single issue. We're on 5 acres, and there is plenty of room for the leach field, and even an alternative should that one go bad. The county still approves septic systems for those not in a municipality. There isn't a single health or functionality issue that would cause them to mandate a sewer hookup. The issue is $$, and the $$ they aren't collecting that would go to fund the improvement of the planned county wide treatment facility. I'm sure some of the other 400 odd folks that were served with the notice will probably see if city hall can be fought on this, but this is a small town, and that type of thing is squashed flat by good ole boy politics.
So, there is a question here (after the rant). I know that I need to call for estimates, but if anyone else has had to have this done, I'd appreciate a heads up on the costs associated with it. The connection is probably 200' from the current tank, but it's not exactly a straight run. The tank is directly behind the house at the rear, while the sewer connection is on the opposite side of the house in the front next to the street. The cleanout for the sewer is located at the side of the house, but I have no idea where the main house drain is. Is the main drain going to the septic usually close to the cleanout plug? The cleanout is closer to the start of the leach field than the septic tank, if that info helps. I know, call some plumbers for estimates. They're probably going to be so busy, it'll take a good while to get back to us on this, and I am just trying to get an idea of if this is a hundreds, thousands, or many thousands type of job.
Do you think if I agreed to pay the monthly sewer fee that they'd go away and leave me in peace without connecting?