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Anonymous asked in Home & GardenMaintenance & Repairs · 1 month ago

Will a leaking septic tank, or leach field contaminate ground water?

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  • Rita
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Nitrite From a Leaking Septic Tank – Into to Soil and Groundwater. Nitrite flows easily through subsurface soil horizons. ... However, nitrite (along with nitrate) will flow through these zones while predominantly maintaining concentration, and contaminate groundwater.

  • ?
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    leaking it would make your grass greener , after all you dont drink ground water do you , its a good fertiliser .

  • ?
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    Leaching fields already leak, that is what they do. They have to be x amount from a water source so that the ground has enough time, to act as a natural filter.

  • 1 month ago

    Eventually.    Many states require tanks to be pumped out and inspected every 5 years or so to make sure they are not leaking sewage into the ground and into the ground water.    You need to get yours pumped out and the tank fixed because the ground water that gets contaminated first could be yours.

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  • ?
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    No thats the whole purpose of a septic system. Its only purpose is to hold the solid waste. the leach field is to distribute the water over a large area.  As long as your not pouring oil or large amounts of chemicals down drain mother nature will dispose of the waste in the water.  

  • 1 month ago

    The ENTIRE PURPOSE of the leach field is leaking.

  • zipper
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    If it is aloud to eak long enough YES it can to a small degree; This is how several water diaereses were spreed in the early years in England and Europe>  So it can in the area around it and it can affect the water table if the table is close to the surface!  YES!  You finely asked a real question, there is still some hope for you after all!

  • 1 month ago

    It certainly can, but it will depend on each situation.

  • 1 month ago

    yes, and deer peeing are indeed contaminating ground water.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    They *can* but they shouldn't if they are installed in a proper location and functioning properly.   This is why permits and inspections are required for septic systems.

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