Influence of temperature on the performance of septic tank systems

Viraraghavan, T.
January 1977
Water, Air & Soil Pollution;Jan1977, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p103
Academic Journal
Air, liquid and soil temperatures are important environmental factors that influence the operation of septic tank-soil absorption systems. An investigation conducted near Ottawa on the efficiency of an experimental tile system did not show any specific trend between soil temperatures (depth dependent) and efficiency; this can be attributed to the fact that the depth factor carries with it other elements such as proximity to groundwater table, oxygen penetration that significantly influence the efficiency of the system. It is however observed that generally periods of higher air and soil temperatures (June to October) showed better efficiencies for most of the parameters studied.


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