what is a cesspit?

A Cesspit is one of three common waste management systems which collect water waste from a property rather than being connected to a mains sewer system.

All these waste management systems have small differences in their process of collecting and treating wastewater.

Other alternative types of waste management systems are Septic Tanks and Sewage Treatment Plants.

The Cesspit and septic tank are commonly mistaken for being the same system. However, both systems run very different processes when holding/disposing of wastewater.

A Cesspit waste management system tends to store all wastewater collected in a tank found underground in close proximity to the property which is then emptied on a regular basis. In short, it simply stores waste rather than treats the wastewater like its forerunner, the septic tank.

A septic tank waste management system is a far more complex process because it collects, stores and disposes of the majority of the wastewater it collects. This being said, a septic tank still needs to be emptied or de-sludged 1-2 times annually.

Previous to the introduction of the septic tank it wasn’t uncommon to find households with a Cesspit installed.

The frequency you will need to empty a Cesspit will depend on the size of it as well as the number of people living within the property, but you are likely to have to empty the tank on 8 – 10 a year.

You will commonly find cesspit tanks come in the sizes below:

  • 1000 Gallons / 4500 Litres
  • 2000 Gallons / 9000 Litres
  • 3000 Gallons / 13500 Litres
  • 4000 Gallons / 18000 Litres

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