Case Study: Challenging Lot in Georgia

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Problem:  The owner of a lake lot in Lakemont in Rabun County, Georgia, dreamed of building a home on the parcel deemed unbudable since the 1940s.  Two major challenges with the site were having Lake Rabun border one side of the property, and the lot being divided by a public road.  The lot is 0.36 of an acre with a 30% to 65% slope.

Solution:  Harold Kilgore of Gravelator Systems and Ward Cleveland of A&W Soils combined their knowledge to offer a solution for the property owner.  The decision was the installation of a low-maintenance, Georgia Class 1-approved, Eljen GSF system to provide the needed performance for the extreme topography and the property's soil conditions.  A duplex grinding station allowed wastewater to be pumped across the road to a 1,500 gallon traffic-rated combination septic/pump tank that needed to be placed in the home's parking area.  From that point, the effluent was lifted higher up on the lot, where a 3-foot-wide Eljen GSF Sand Trench System was installed.

Result:  After planning and site preparation was completed, a septic permit was issued and construction began.  The system was installed in November 2013, allowing the owners to move into their dream home.

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