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Septic System vs. Sanitary Sewer Service


Sanitary Sewer System

Collects wastewater (sewage) from homes and businesses and deliver it to wastewater treatment plants through underground piping and pumping systems for treatment by an intricate process involving either chlorine or ultraviolet disinfection.

Septic System

A type of onsite wastewater treatment system (OWTS), consisting of a septic tank that collects all the (wastewater) sewage. The sewage separates into a solid (sludge) that settles to the bottom, and a liquid effluent that flows into a leach field for final treatment by the soil with its natural bacteria. There are different types of septic systems, as described by the EPA’s septic system glossary. Read more about septic systems on the EPA’s Septic Smart website.

In summary, a conventional septic system treats (cleans) wastewater onsite, or within the soil on personal property, and typically, a [public] sewer system removes wastewater from a property through pipes and pumping systems to a wastewater treatment plant where it is treated and then discharged back into the  environment.

Sewer Service Benefits

  • Less Hassle. Takes the burden of waste water removal away from consumers, especially during heavy rain.
  • Can Improve Property Value. Some mortgage lenders even require connecting to sewer service where available for refinancing or purchasing property.
  • Good for the environment. Field line effluent from septic systems can pollute ground water. Public sanitary sewer is the cleanest, safest way to treat wastewater.
  • Promotes Development. Takes up much less space than septic systems, increasing room to build & develop land.
  • Reliable. BCSS offers sewer service and repairs for its customers as needed 24/7/365, and your call is always answered by a real person.
We have had problems with our septic tank since hurricane Ivan. We have new field lines and the septic tank has to be emptied every 6 months. We constantly smell sewage.

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Environmental Enhancement Program (EEP)

With the EEP, properties in our service territory can connect to our sewer service at discounted rates if they are outside of a BCSS subdivision and meet any of the following criteria:

  • Conversion to sewer service from septic system
  • New construction home/ building that qualifies for a septic system
  • Waterfront Property
I have two kids, myself and my wife living in our little house. There is a lot of water usage and when it rains a good bit, my septic system area becomes a mud pit. My septic line for my kitchen sink backed up last year, and I had to have a field line put in. The smell was horrid, and with two kids, I am tired of worrying about the nasty septic waters and back ups.

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Flexible financing is available after a low down payment with 0% options and no credit check. Payment for recent septic tank pumping by BCSS may count as a down payment.

Contact Jenny Williams for more information on connecting to our service at (251) 971-1516 or jenny@baldwincountysewer.com.

Currently my house is a septic tank nightmare. All this rain has filled my field lines, and currently anywhere I run water causes other areas of the house to backup with water. Please help.Michael Butler, Foley

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