*Edit* The pool build is on! See latest posts.
My wife has been on me for a while to build a pool, and I've always relented. However recently I came around to the idea enough that I started researching and found this website (which is a great resource, thank you!). We've found two PBs, one of which we've met with and he's coming up with a design and bid. The other we are meeting next week. Here is my predicament:
We are in a neighborhood on a half acre lot. When we build our house 4 years ago, we were in the county. Last year, we were annexed into the city against all of our wishes. They were able to legally do this because they provided city water, but no sewer...so we are all on septic systems (aerobic systems). So here is where my problem lies. The pool will be in the backyard, right on top of two waste sprinkler heads. Both of which would have to be relocated, as well as the pipe between the two because it leads to another sprinkler head on the side of the yard. In order to do any work to a septic system, the contractor must contact the state (TX). This would present a problem because of a few things:
1) We have a couple of "technical" violations. One sprinkler slightly sprays onto our sidewalk (which wasn't built when the septic was originally put in). And our whole lot is on an irrigation system. Technically waste water cannot be sprayed onto ground that is irrigated.
2) We added on to our house a few months ago, so now our house is bigger and therefore our septic system is "technically" undersized. A new plan design would probably require an additional sprinkler head.
3) We don't have any more room on our lot for an other sprinkler head.
So I'm afraid that we'd get rejected. The only other things I can think of is to request a sanitary easement from my rear neighbor. He recently purchased the land behind our house to build his own house. It will be set back from our house into the woods, and directly behind our house is just a pasture. If I could get him to give me a sanitary easement to spray onto his land that would solve our problems...but I don't know how he'd feel about that.
Anyone ever ran into these kinds of problems? Am I just asking for trouble....should I just invest in a really nice lawn sprinkler for the kids to run through?
Thanks for any advice!