step two: soil evaluation

Dave made arrangements for me to meet with an environmental engineer from Madison Environmental, on site, to figure out what type of septic system might be required and where it could be placed on the property.  I drove down on another cold drizzly day and spent three hours with my new BFF, Theresa King, (we’re finding that everyone in Dinwiddie fits this bill!), as she took core sample from different locations on the property and explained to me what she was looking for.  With each sample she had to dig down into the soil and compare the color and consistency of the soil with color samples from a book she had with her (who knew there were so many different color matches for dirt!), hoping to be able to dig at least 24” to 36″ before hitting the water table.  The soil becomes increasingly more pale in color as you get  closer to the water table, in case you were wondering, and you need at least that amount of clearance for your system so as not to contaminate your water supply.  After doing four separate core samples, she concluded that the initial finding by the county was not entirely correct and she was sure that we could, in fact, accomodate a conventional septic system on the property.  Good news for us as it will save us about $5000 if the county agrees with her findings!

The results, should anyone be interested in checking them out:

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