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Old 9th July 2019, 18:56   #1 (permalink)
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Sewage system in Kalkan

Hi, we are just about to buy a property in Kalkan and have discovered the villa has a cesspit and is not on the mains sewage system. Is this a problem? We automatically assumed it would be on the main sewage system as it is a completely refurbished building. Any other helpful hints on the buying process would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 9th July 2019, 20:29   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Sewage system in Kalkan

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Re: Sewage system in Kalkan

If the mains sewer is near you can pay to connect. My apartment block did this a few years ago after years of messing about with an inadequate cesspit. At that time, I recall, it was a bill of 1000TL including the plumber's bill and council fees.

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Re: Sewage system in Kalkan

A cesspit need not be an issue. we are in a village and have been using our cesspit for 16 years. No problem, so far it has not needed to be empties. We live here all year round. The main thing is not to pour anything that will kill of the 'culture'
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My mother lived in the Shropshire countryside for 30 years, in a property complete with cesspit. For a bungalow the system was three stage, and the size of a mini bus; I became expert in how to look after it (emptied twice in that time); after emptying, local farmers would drop a dead sheep into their pits to "get things going". Cesspits in Turkey seem to be more like a soak-away with not much treatment going on - more likely to pollute the ground water than treat the effluent.

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Re: Sewage system in Kalkan

Yes Ian you are right. The cess pits in Kalkan are just pits dug into the rock (if you're lucky enough to be built on the rock) and the effluent just soaks on down towards the sea. I lived in Kalkan for 8 or 9 years and was involved in the building of some of them as an observer. I was under the impression that all villas by now would have been connected to the system but there has been a huge amount of building since I left so obviously my impression is wrong!
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They should have layers of rocks getting finer as you go down. The bacteria on the rocks should clean the effluent. I must say that our veggie garden is doing well this year.
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They should have layers of rocks getting finer as you go down. The bacteria on the rocks should clean the effluent. I must say that our veggie garden is doing well this year.
That is right in theory, but most of the soak-aways I see in apartment blocks are just the size of a desk - there will be at least six families using it. A single house might get away with it if they are careful what they put into it, but I don't get much sense of awareness. That is why the council pump wagon is in frequent use pumping out overloaded systems.

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Re: Sewage system in Kalkan

And where does the soakaway soak to? On whose land?
Neighbours had one before they got connected to mains and after a fortnight' stay there would be a large damp patch soaking down the building plot for sale behind our house.
Wouldn't like that in my garden.
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Re: Sewage system in Kalkan

We are on a communal septic tank here, ours discharges (the almost clear liquid) directly into a local stream, therefore SEPA levy a charge of about £700 across all properties on the scheme.
If the discharge liquid went via a soakaway which is sized for the estimated number of users then there would be no charge.
I spoke to SEPA this morning to clarify a few facts about the tank registration, I found out its not the actual tank that is registered rather the outlet.
There is loads of info on the internet about them, whilst not directly relevant to Turkey it gives an idea of how they should work.

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