Water Collection For Percolation Test

Depots at Alton - Bishops Waltham - Four Marks

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The percolation test checks the suitability of a site for the subsurface for a private sewage disposal system (i.e. septic tank system). It is a test that determines the rate in which soil absorbs a known volume of water.

The percolation test consists of a hole six to twelve inches in diameter dug around the area of the proposed septic tank system. The depth of the hole varies depending on the soils encountered. The hole is filled with water in an attempt to saturate the soil, allowing the water to drain away. The rate at which the water drains away in the hole is measured at intervals over a period of time ranging from 30-60 minutes.

The Health Code provides a simple table that determines the size of the system based on the measured perk rate and the number of bedrooms in the home. The greater the number of bedrooms and the slower the percolation rate, the larger the drainage field required. Commercial systems are sized using the perk rate and projected estimates of water usage in gallons per day for this purpose large amounts of water can be require. For these percolation test we obtain water from the utility companies rather than using essential treated drinking water.


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