Pressurized sewer pipes are a disaster waiting to happen

What sense is there in having a sewer pipe be pressurized?

The company hired to advocate for a Port Hadlock sewer, Tetra-Tech, put forward a statement that, after considering the other alternatives (not including the no-sewer alternative), it would be the cheapest way to go, so that the first phase of a sewer system could be put in. Never mind that the gravity piping alternative would be more resilient and longer-lasting, the pressurized system would allow for thinner pipes, and the drilling under roads, and would therefore come out cheaper, at least in the short term.

It would also involve the homeowners in providing their own pumps to create the pressure, and the electric power to run them. Also, since pressure systems would be unable to handle solids of any kind, homeowners would have to provide grinders, and pay again for the hardware, the installation, and the electric power to run them. Also the homeowner would have to pay for pump and grinder repair or replacement if needed.

Just think about this: What will happen when there is a leak in one or more of the pipes? Will your pumps have some kind of automatic shut-off, and if so, how would it be able to detect such a leak? But remember, all your neighbors would also be connected to the system, furiously pumping untreated sewer into the pipes, which would be not just leaking, but spewing this germ-laden sewage all over the place. Who will alert everyone to shut it all off?

Do we want to put ourselves into debt to create such an unnecessary and high-risk system?

This is just one more example showing the shamelessness of the headlong rush to putting in at least a minimal sewer system no matter what the long-term costs.

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