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 Wade said the manhole on the septic tank had a plastic covering that wasn’t secured. Carol Robinson |, al, 2 Sep. 2021 Like many of her neighbors, her home on a rural patch of land in the unincorporated Lowndes County community of Hicks Hill had a failing septic tank that leaked wastewater into her yard. Connor Sheets |, al, 27 July 2021 Robert Richcreek, president of the Sweetwater West Homeowners Association, said many of the 189 home-owners in his neighborhood recognized that the deal Moore helped assembled was better than waiting for their backyard septic tank to fail. Stephen Hudak,, 18 June 2021 This would include $43 million in Internet broadband investments and $37.4 million to provide city water and wastewater services to around 500 Dallas homes on well and septic tank. Everton Bailey Jr., Dallas News, 18 June 2021 His body was one of the two found inside a septic tank. Washington Post, 24 May 2021 The officers found an unresponsive 3-year-old girl who was pulled out of a sewage septic tank in the playground, authorities said. Wilson Wong, NBC News, 5 Apr. 2021 Police in New Jersey are investigating the death of a 3-year-old girl who fell into a septic tank. Wilson Wong, NBC News, 5 Apr. 2021 The soil in the area is also a heavy clay and does not easily absorb water, which makes many septic tank systems ineffective. al, 28 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of septic tank

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of septic tank was in 1896

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14 Sep 2021

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“Septic tank.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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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