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Can this really be done? If you only run the toilets and kitchen sink to it. (think black water. We know what to do with grey water.) Could a composting toilet system keep up with a “normal household” load? These are a few of the questions I would like answers to.

Let’s try to answer the first question; Can this really be done? Not in my current neighborhood. But if I were to live in a more rural setting then, yes it could easily be done. The most major consideration is that the main unit be located below everything else. If one was thinking about a large slab foundation, this would be a problem. One would almost certainly have to have a basement.

Question number two; could a composting toilet system keep up with a “normal household” load. We will take normal to mean a household with 4 people. The real question becomes; how much water enters the system per day. For kitchen use we will say twenty gallons. For toilet use, we will say 55 gallons. That equals about 30 toilet flushes with a regular toilet. Low-flush or composting specific toilets would be less. For now, I will just use this number. From the information that I been reading, no. The system would have to evaporate almost 80 gallons of water a day. That is just too much.That said all the central systems have an over flow outlet. This could work but I believe you would always be overflowing.

If you used the SeaLand Toilet, you would reduce the 55 gallons down to a little under 2 gallon. That is because the SeaLand only uses one pint of water to flush the toilet. I think a the system could handle 22 gallons. But if we were to remove the kitchen waste water it would work as intended. The problem is that the kitchen waste water can have a large amount of food debris. This would not be a good idea to introduce into a gray water system. It could be done, but you would have to drain the sludge out much more frequently.

Third question; What about local building codes? If I was an inspector I would like this system better than a septic system. You are not burying anything in the ground! I am sure many people have had no problem with the inspector.

Lastly, cost. Does this thing cost more? No, in many cases it should cost much less than a septic and leach field. How much? I don’t know. But the top of the line unit sells for a little over $2000. + $500 per SeaLand Toilet  Having priced septic tanks for my rain water collection investigation, a 1000 gallon tank costs $1000. Then you have to deliver it. Then you have to dig a big hole for it. All that and you still need a leach field. Ever had to have your septic system repaired$$$.

Yes, if I were to build a home away from a local sewer system I would have a composting central toilet system and a gray water system. I would not want to bother with a septic tank or a leach field.

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Two years ago I gave up Caffeine. Many of you may find that hard to do but it was easy for me. I only drank one coke a day. Still I had Caffeine withdraw for 4 days. All four days I had a headache and on the third day I had somewhat shaky hands.

I still would have a coke but I just drank the caffeine free kind. This past new years resolution was to not drink any sugary sodas. No coke or sprite. Interesting enough I think I had sugar withdraw. Reminds me of the headaches one gets when they have not had time to eat breakfast or lunch and now it is dinner time. That lasted on and off for about two weeks while my body adjusted to not having the quick rush of sugar into the blood stream.

I don’t fell like I have more or less energy. But I don’t have the ups and downs in energy like before. This is a good thing for me. I like a nice even energy level. I find I can get more done that way.

So If the government wants to tax sugary sodas, go ahead I won’t care at all.

Come on. Organic is not that hard. It is actually less work for me. I placed the garden where I had a two year old compost pile.Tilled everything up.  Layered out some newspaper. (This has worked great to keep the weeds down.) Covered it with grass clippings. Soaked everything real good. The next day I planted the corn. I just pushed in the seeds right thru the wet newspaper. I even water the garden with rain water collected from the roof.

Sweet Corn and Acorn Squash

Sweet Corn and Acorn Squash

What? That is right. I am going to try not using Shampoo any more. But I rehash the information that is out there. Read this “How to Go No Poo”

For me,  I would want to get away from the chemicals. Funny thing, my wife got me interested in No Poo. She said she would try it after I “experiment” with it. I am the human guinea pig. One thing we did talk about was trying to move away from all chemical “stuff”. We are thinking of using Burt’s Bees products. When you start looking around the house it is amazing how many chemicals one finds.