The vast majority of homes in Larkspur receive city water and sewer service from the Perry Park Water and Sanitation District. Compared to other areas of Colorado their prices are very reasonable and they supply excellent water quality. However, most Larkspur homes on lots larger than 2 acres utilize septic systems instead of municipal sewer systems. Today’s septic systems are engineered to provide years of trouble-free service with minimal maintenance. In fact, there are so few maintenance costs that we consider septic systems a significant cost savings by comparison to municipal sewer service.
An Individual Sewage Disposal System (ISDS) usually consists of a septic tank and absorption (or leaching) field. The tank is buried, usually made of concrete or other durable material, has a capacity of 1,000 gallons or more, and is divided into two or more compartments with an access lid to each.
Sewage from the house flows to the first compartment of the tank where bacterial decomposition occurs and materials that cannot be digested settle to the bottom of the tank or floats to the top. The remaining liquid flows into the second compartment through a series of baffles, where additional bacterial breakdown occurs.
If you are unfamiliar or have additional questions about living in a house with a septic system, please contact Ben Wolfe. I am extremely knowledgeable and familiar with the construction, maintenance and usage of septic systems.