Shared Sewer Systems vs Individual Septic System

Public Sewer vs Private Septic SystemsWhen it comes to how wastewater and sewage is collected and treated, one important factor is whether the home or business is connected to a Shared Sewer System or an Individual Septic System. Each type of sewage treatment process has pros and cons. You most likely won’t have much of a say on whether your home uses a Public Sewer or Private Septic. That distinction is virtually always determined by the location and proximity to a community wide sewer facility. Contents from toilets and other wastewater contributors must be properly treated as required by Minnesota compliance regulations. As a MPCA Certified Septic Services Company for the Andover, Minnesota area, CSI Custom Septic, Inc. provides Septic Compliance Inspections to investigate existing and newly installed septic systems.


Prevent Drinking Water Contamination

The safe handling, cleansing and distribution of wastewater from toilets is crucial for limiting public health concerns. Blackwater is another term for water from toilets, sinks, laundry, dishwashers, showers, etc. You would never want dirty water to end up in private well water that is used for drinking, cooking, cleaning and bathing. The only way to prevent drinking water contamination is to follow state guidelines for Sewage Treatment and Disposal.


Pros and Cons of Private Septic & Community Sewer

The effectiveness of Private Septic Tank Systems has improved over the years through technology and education. The following are some Pros and Cons or advantages and disadvantages of using an individual septic system rather than a shared community sewer system.


  • Possitive: Private Septic Systems can do an excellent job of collecting, cleansing and dispersing treated wastewater back into the environment.


  • Possitive: On-site Wastewater Treatment tends to be less expensive than getting a monthly sewer and water bill.


  • Possitive: Septic System Owners can have a say in the type of system to be installed on their property. Systems can range from a traditional, gravity flow septic to advanced septic systems with electrical components.


  • Possitive: Off-site Wastewater Treatment Facilities can increase your sewer bill to cover the costs of upgrading or making improvements. Typically an on-site septic system will last for 20, 30 or 40 years with regular maintenance and inspections.


  • Possitive: Individual Septic Systems can be designed for almost any location without having to be close to a community setting.


  • Negative: Septic System Owners are responsible for maintaining the septic tank, pipes and drainfield.


  • Negative: Septic System Malfunction or Sewage Backup event is the responsibility of the property owner to contact a certified septic professional to make any necessary repairs. Homes connected to a community based sewer system can call the municipality to take care of the problem.


  • Negative: Individual Septic Tank Systems usually require a large amount of space for drainfield placement away from trees.


  • Negative: Home Based Septic Tanks may not be as well-equipped to handle a significant weather event as a large sewer plant facility.


  • Negative: Backyard Septic Tanks can be a dangerous if anyone were to try to enter the tank or open the manhole cover without proper precaution.


MPCA Certified Septic Services Company

In some areas there is an option for either a Private Septic Tank System or connection to a Shared Sewer System. CSI Custom Septic, Inc. is Licensed and MPCA Certified Septic Company doing business in the Andover area. We take pride in our work that allows individual homeowners and businesses to have effective and affordable sewage treatment on site. A Septic Compliance Inspection and all necessary Septic Repairs can keep your system up to code and safely removing contaminants from wastewater.

In Andover MN, contact Custom Septic, Inc. (CSI) for Professional Septic System Services at: 763-218-4769