septic tank


Definition of septic tank

: a tank in which the solid matter of continuously flowing sewage is disintegrated by bacteria

Examples of septic tank in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In February, he was cited for failing to get his septic tank pumped every three years, but the ticket was later dismissed. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Three Percenter' hosted Wisconsin training by Michigan men charged in plot to kidnap governor," 10 Oct. 2020 The landlord, who like the tenant had no attorney, said the extra person caused the septic tank to overflow. Ginny Monk, Arkansas Online, "Tenant-eviction hearings proceed in Arkansas courts," 5 Oct. 2020 First, the septic tank, well and trees must be inspected. oregonlive, "Locals band together, grieve amid remains of Beachie Creek wildfire devastation," 26 Sep. 2020 For an additional cost, a KONTi home can function completely off the grid, equipped with a solar panel system, rainwater collection tank, and a bio garden septic tank system. Mayra Cuevas, CNN, "Architect's innovative shipping container homes could help solve Puerto Rico's housing crisis," 14 Sep. 2020 The couple built a block wall on the east and west exposures and installed a new septic tank as well as flooding basins to correct a drainage issue on the property. Mary Wakeford, The Arizona Republic, "Couple face challenges as they work to create their perfect Sun City retirement home," 11 Sep. 2020 Records also indicate that a 5,623-square-foot home is planned for one of the lots, as well as two pools and a septic tank. Sophie Cocke, ProPublica, "Obama and the Beach House Loopholes," 15 Aug. 2020 Mobilize the septic tank trucks, put a pressure cannon on em... Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In CA: Hoses to septic tanks could work on rioters, longtime cop posts," 6 June 2020 Disposable wipes and other non-flushables -- such as paper towels, disposable diapers and feminine products -- can potentially clog septic tanks, sanitary sewers and overburden wastewater treatment plants. cleveland, "Avon Lake family’s 3D printing project helps face masks fit comfortably: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of septic tank

circa 1902, in the meaning defined above

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19 Oct 2020

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“Septic tank.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of septic tank

: a tank under the ground that holds human waste from toilets

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