By Daniel M. Early P.E.
When a car dealership in Pennsylvania found the perfect piece of land for an expansion project, the price seemed too good to be true. Turned out, it was. Daniel M. Early, PE, senior engineer for OriginClear’s Modular Water Systems and its subsidiary, Dallas-based Progressive Water Treatment, was approached about finding a solution for this real estate development.
While the location and acreage were exactly what the dealership was looking for, they discovered that the property had no public sewage access, and worse yet, the land would not percolate, meaning that a conventional onsite sewage disposal system would not work either. The cost to connect to the nearest sewer line, several miles away, was prohibitive. Easement acquisition, engineering and construction costs, even with the relatively low cost of the land, made the off-site sewer line extension unviable.