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Surface Site Characterization for On-Site Septic Systems, Standard Practice For

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Standard Practice for Surface Site Characterization for On-Site Septic Systems


1.1 This practice covers procedures for the characterization of surface conditions at a site for evaluating suitability for an on-site septic system for disposal and treatment of wastewater. This practice provides a method for identifying potentially suitable areas for soil absorption of septic tank wastewater.

1.2 This practice can be used at any site where on-site treatment of residential and nonhazardous commercial wastewaters using septic tanks and natural soils or constructed filter beds is required or an option under consideration. This practice may also be useful when constructed wetlands are used as an alternative wastewater treatment method.

1.3 This practice should be used in conjunction with Practices D5921 and D5925.


Field investigations; Preliminary investigations; Septic tank systems; site characterization; site investigations; ICS Number Code 13.030.40 (Installations and equipment for waste disposal and treatment); 13.060.30 (Sewage water)

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04.09 (Soil and Rock (II): D5877 - latest)

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13.030.40 (Installations and equipment for waste disposal and treatment Including street cleaning equipment, waste containers, incineration and compaction equipment, equipment for dumping of refuse, landfill sites, etc. Waste collection vehicles, see 43.160 Waste chutes, see 91.140.70 Food waste disposal units, see 97.040.50)

13.060.30 (Sewage water Including sewage water disposal and treatment Liquid wastes, see 13.030.20 Drainage systems, see 91.140.80 Sewage systems, see 93.030)

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Dec. 10, 1995

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