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In addition to the flow test, the well installation is inspected to determine the correct casing height above ground, that drainage is away from the casing, condition of the well seal, that the electrical wire is in a conduit and there is adequate surface separation distance to the septic system and neighbors septic systems. These items are all required on a checklist the engineer will have to submit with the health approval application to the Municipality. Water samples are taken for coliform and nitrate levels which are indicators of pathogen and sewage type contamination. Testing for taste and other water quality parameters is left up to the purchaser.
Septic systems are tested by adding water to the leachfield and determining the ability of the system to transfer the water into the surrounding soil. The septic liquid levels are taken through the tubes that are located in the septic system and stick up above ground on your property. There are many ways to test a septic system. It is important to utilize an experienced testing service as this test can be very subjective. There are some things you can do to improve your chances of passing. Measurements are also taken of the leachfield surface separation distances to determine compliance with codes and separation distances to neighboring wells and surface water. The installed size of the leachfield and septic tank must match the number of bedrooms in the home. If there is a problem then the engineer will notify you with the possible solution. Septic tanks must be pumped if not done within the year preceding the test. For more detailed information on testing procedures used by Eagle River Engineering.