How close to a leach field is too close?

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How close to a leach field is too close?

Post by Knduf » Fri, 11 Sep 1998 04:00:00



How close to a leaching field is too close to grow veggies?

The only area (in ground) I have to Garden is on the side slope of a leaching
field.

Should I not garden here?

I hate container gardening because of all the constant watering you have to do
in the heat of summer.

Then again I don't want to be eating tomatoes soaked with gross stuff.

Thanks in advance.
-Kevin
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How close to a leach field is too close?

Post by ntban.. » Fri, 11 Sep 1998 04:00:00


gooday kevin,

there has been a lot of conjecture on this subject of late, so in a
hope to keep consistant i have a link for you to access.

<http://www.ext.vt.edu/pubs/envirohort/426-617/426-617.html>

it would appear so long as clogging of the leach field does not occur
then all should be ok.

<http://www.globec.com.au/~ntbandit/>

happy gardening

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>How close to a leaching field is too close to grow veggies?

>The only area (in ground) I have to garden is on the side slope of a leaching
>field.

>Should I not garden here?

>I hate container gardening because of all the constant watering you have to do
>in the heat of summer.

>Then again I don't want to be eating tomatoes soaked with gross stuff.

>Thanks in advance.
>-Kevin
>Check out the funniest 'toon on the Net
>http://home.sprynet.com/sprynet/knduffy/vh.htm

 
 
 

How close to a leach field is too close?

Post by Bev Carney or Tom Sink » Fri, 11 Sep 1998 04:00:00


There is a huge thread on this topic on misc.rural  news group
Quote:

> How close to a leaching field is too close to grow veggies?

> The only area (in ground) I have to garden is on the side slope of a leaching
> field.

> Should I not garden here?

> I hate container gardening because of all the constant watering you have to do
> in the heat of summer.

> Then again I don't want to be eating tomatoes soaked with gross stuff.

> Thanks in advance.
> -Kevin
> Check out the funniest 'toon on the Net
> http://home.sprynet.com/sprynet/knduffy/vh.htm

 
 
 

How close to a leach field is too close?

Post by jm » Sat, 12 Sep 1998 04:00:00


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>How close to a leaching field is too close to grow veggies?

Head on over to misc.rural and read the ~200 posts about this very subject.

Jeff
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How close to a leach field is too close?

Post by Knduf » Sat, 12 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Thanks to all for their help on this.
-Kevin
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How close to a leach field is too close?

Post by Barrie Mathe » Mon, 14 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> How close to a leaching field is too close to grow veggies?

> The only area (in ground) I have to garden is on the side slope of a leaching
> field.

> Should I not garden here?

> I hate container gardening because of all the constant watering you have to do
> in the heat of summer.

> Then again I don't want to be eating tomatoes soaked with gross stuff.

> Thanks in advance.
> -Kevin
> Check out the funniest 'toon on the Net
> http://home.sprynet.com/sprynet/knduffy/vh.htm

A leaching field is the land onto which the outfall of a sewage sytem is
discharged,
Correct?

If I've understood the term then I'd guess (and it is a guess) there wouldnt be
trouble with  bacterial contamination , but there might be trouble with viruses -
Hep C and the like, and heavy metals if there is contamination with industrial
waste. It might be worth writing to the sewage authority and keep in a safe place
the letter they send back.

Barrie Mather

 
 
 

How close to a leach field is too close?

Post by Tyler Hoppe » Tue, 15 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> How close to a leaching field is too close to grow veggies?

> The only area (in ground) I have to garden is on the side slope of a leaching
> field.

> Should I not garden here?

> I hate container gardening because of all the constant watering you have to do
> in the heat of summer.

> Then again I don't want to be eating tomatoes soaked with gross stuff.

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How close to a leach field is too close?

Post by Greg S » Thu, 17 Sep 1998 04:00:00


As a former septic inspector, I don't know of specific design criteria for
absorption area to garden area separation. Try contacting your local health
dept. and or a qualified design engineer. I am sure there must be study data
covering this subject as I remember mention of "phosphate creep" and
biological and chemical loading being factors in establishing separation
distances. IMHO, I would certainly not be comfortable with anything less
than 25 feet, and preferably 50 feet plus, separation assuming that your
system is functioning properly and with no lateral transport of effluent via
bedrock, glacial gravel soils, etc.. Consider that NYS DOH Appendix 75-A
Wastewater Treatment Standards requires 100 feet separation between the
absorption area and a body of water, pond, stream or well. Cornell
Cooperative Extension http://www.research.cornell.edu/VPR/vpr.html has a
wealth of information on many subjects including sewage disposal systems. Be
safe and good luck.
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