June 25, 2020

The aim of a percolation test is to evaluate the long-term constant rate at which a test location can be expected to accept continuous wetting.  It is not readily inferred from characteristics seen at the surface, for example slowness of a puddle to dissipate.  A hole...

June 24, 2020

ADUs (Additional Dwelling Units) are a popular solution to regional housing shortages.  Adding a secondary housing unit on a residential lot, sometimes called “granny flats,” are now encouraged at state and local levels of government, with new legislation favoring easi...

January 30, 2020

Thorough percolation reports submitted to the county for review are key to preventing delay of approval.  Percolation reports with supporting data, schematics, maps and details will also benefit the owner by enabling well-informed bids from installation contractors.  I...

June 17, 2019

San Diego county typically approves onsite wastewater disposal following conventional percolation “primary" treatment, i.e., passage through a septic tank and then one of these methods for, releasing wastewater and percolation into the soil. The following is a brief de...

April 8, 2019

Volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) are common in many products, but are especially seen in solvents and gasoline and a special risk if they are present in vapors within soil of a property.  Such “soil vapor” can penetrate floors and accumulate in occupied space, creatin...

November 9, 2018

Here at MBCE we are now capable to design septic systems for the Jet Inc. advanced wastewater treatment tank which is an "active" system that treats effluent before percolation into the soil. This allows the percolation to be discharged through a drip system. These dri...

October 10, 2017

New post-construction requirements in San Diego County requires new developments and redevelopments to start incorporating an integrated storm water and runoff management system. These systems are to reduce storm water runoff volume into an onsite basin or bio-filtrati...

November 3, 2016

The Federal Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Trust Fund provides aid to clean-up petroleum releases from federally regulated underground storage tanks (USTs).  In 2005, the fund was expanded to include aid for certain leak prevention activities. The federal gove...

September 14, 2016

We are excited to have attended the Presby Environmental presentation on this new wastewater treatment technology. This new system is passive and requires no mechanical devices. It takes up a smaller footprint and allows for septic systems in areas where regular septic...

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