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Definitions of Septic System & Onsite Wastewater Disposal Terms
Dictionary of Septic System & Wastewater Treatment Terms

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Septic System Dictionary: This document provides definitions for terms used in describing basic as well as advanced or alternative septic systems and onsite wastewater disposal systems.

We provide direct links to in-depth articles which add information for many of the septic terms in this septic glossary.



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DEFINITIONS - of Septic System Components & Terms: An Online Dictionary

Some definitions of basic terms associated with septic systems and onsite wastewater disposal systems are listed here. Other terms such as Cesspool, Drywell, Drainfield, are defined where we have online articles about those topics. If you don't immediately see a link to an online article on your term, use the on-site Google search box at the top or bottom of any of our website pages. If you don't find a definition of the term you seek, contact us by email.

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In the following list of septic system terms, numbered items (nn) are adapted, expanded, & elaborated from: New York State Appendix 75-A.1 Definitions. and from various sources [see references at page end] or are our own. Links at many definitions will provide more in-depth explanation about those items.

This article is a section of our online book SEPTIC INSPECTION & TEST GUIDE whose chapters are shown at the left of this page. Citation of this article by reference to this website and brief quotation for the sole purpose of review are permitted. Use of this information at other websites, in books or pamphlets for sale is reserved to the author. Technical review by industry experts has been performed and comments from readers are welcomed. Contributors are listed at the end of each article.

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