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Composting Toilet

Flexo

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Joined
Jan 28, 2018
Messages
44
Location
Cochise County Arizona
Our town does not issue it's own septic permits. We have a municipal wastewater system
that does not service all areas of the town. Our County issues all of our septic permits by
means of an inter-governmental agreement. We currently use the 2012 series of International
Codes.

There is an existing home in a subdivision that has two unusable septic systems. The owner
is seeking to install a composting toilet, since it would be substantially cheaper than a new
septic system. I do understand that the waste water from this home still needs treatment,
especially the sink water. I have read the old threads here regarding composting toilets.
Our County septic people are willing to issue a permit for a composting toilet. I disagree
with allowing them on a site that capable of having a septic system. Most modern people
are not used to the intimacy with human waste that results from composting toilets. The IRC
and IPC have no reference to composting toilets. From a Building Code perspective, how
would you handle this issue or how does your City. Every few months I have somebody
asking about the using composting toilets. Thanks!
 

cda

Sawhorse
Joined
Oct 19, 2009
Messages
18,672
Location
Basement
Welcome


Not into outhouses,

Any ordinances requirng a septic system or tie into the city system ??

What are they going to do with the waste water ??

Plus, when a house goes for sale??? I know that is kind of not your problem.
 

mtlogcabin

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Joined
Oct 17, 2009
Messages
7,744
Location
Big Sky Country
P2602.1 General.
The water-distribution and drainage system of any building or premises where plumbing fixtures are installed shall be connected to a public water supply or sewer system, respectively, if available. When either a public water-supply or sewer system, or both, are not available, or connection to them is not feasible, an individual water supply or individual (private) sewage-disposal system, or both, shall be provided.

INDIVIDUAL SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEM. A system for disposal of sewage by means of a septic tank or mechanical treatment, designed for use apart from a public sewer to serve a single establishment or building.
 

JCraver

Sawhorse
Joined
Feb 20, 2014
Messages
722
Location
Southern IL
This should be covered under your City/Town/Village code of ordinances, and you should be able to solve it without even opening an ICC book. Ours says something like "must be connected to a public sewer system or an approved private septic system". Approved is the key word there.
 

ADAguy

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Sep 11, 2013
Messages
5,005
Location
California
We have the same problem. Another problem is that nobody cares about it and nobody knows the rules. 2 years ago the owner also wanted to install composting toilets and he actually did it because nobody stopped him. Now we live with Sun-Mar... I hope someday we will move from this town with awful conditions.

What brand is this, need one for our barn.
 

Rick18071

Sawhorse
Joined
Nov 28, 2009
Messages
2,558
Location
Poconos/eastern PA
P2712.1 Approval. Water closets shall conform to the water
consumption requirements of Section P2903.2 and shall conform
to ASME A112.19.2/CSA B45.1, ASME A112.19.3/
CSA B45.4 or CSA B45.5/IAPMO Z124.
 
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