All About Water, Sewer and Septic

Wondering why it pays to consider the options for your water supply and sewer system. There are a few key differences that could end up mattering to you and your wallet. Also, your Real Estate Agent can narrow your home search by these factors if you discover that one or more of these options is really important to you.

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Public Water

This means your home’s water source is provided by public water services from your local municipality. Public water services will be billed to you separately. Public water is typically treated by large water treatment facilities paid for by citizen tax dollars.

Public Sewer

This means your home’s sewage service is provided by public sewer services from your local municipality. Public sewer services will be billed to you separately but may also be combined with your public water bill in some areas. Public sewer is typically treated by large waste water treatment facilities paid for by citizen tax dollars.

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Private Well

This means your home’s water source is provided by a private well located on your property. A benefit is that you usually will receive water from your well for free, however, you may have repairs on the existing well system from time to time or have to install a new one if building your home. A well inspection is always recommended for existing systems prior to buying the home. The typical cost of this special type of inspection can vary on your area and the specific tests you are requesting, so please bring this up to your Real Estate Agent if you have any questions. It could prevent you from finding an unforeseen water supply issue.

Private Septic

This means your home’s sewage service is provided by a private septic system located on your property. A benefit is that you will not have a monthly bill for sewage services, however, you may have repairs on the existing septic system from time to time or have to install a new system if building a new home. As part of the system, a certain area of your lot will be set aside to act as a drain field and reserve drain field. It is good to keep in mind that you cannot build any structures on the ground in the drain field areas. A septic inspection is always recommended for existing systems prior to buying the home.

If you have any questions about these considerations that we haven't answered, feel free to let your Real Estate Agent know and they can clarify them in more detail for you.

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