Up until 2001, Lake Havasu operated primarily on septic tanks, with only 5% of buildings hooked up to a city sewer system. Most homeowners were responsible for their household sewage disposal through an individual tank on the property. However, in late 2001, residents voted overwhelmingly for a bond that would create a new system in the city linking households to a central sewer for collection and disposal of wastewater. Now, the majority of Lake Havasu households are hooked up to the City’s sewer system. Today, we seem to have come full circle, though. Some homeowners prefer a septic tank to the collective city sewer system. What’s the difference between the city sewer system and a septic tank? And why would a homeowner choose one over the other?
City Sewer System for Havasu Homeowners
The biggest upside of having your Havasu home on a city sewer system is its convenience. The City is responsible for any repairs needed to the system as well as disposal of wastewater. Homeowners simply pay the City a monthly fee. The downside, however, is that you are hooked up to other households on the system. While you control what goes into the sewer system from your house, you cannot control what others put in there. Sometimes, a back-up occurs. When that happens, the whole system shuts down while they take care of the problem. To recoup their costs, the C
Septic Tanks for Havasu Homeowners
In today’s increasingly eco-conscious world, some Havasu homeowners prefer a septic tank system. Septic systems also work great for homes located on the outer fringes of the City, away from the City’s sewer system. Partnered up with solar panels and/or wind turbines, a septic tank system allows homeowners to be less dependent upon Havasu’s utility services to maintain a more independent lifestyle.
With a septic tank, you are responsible for your own wastewater disposal and tank maintenance. For reference, an average tank holds 1,000 gallons of water. A tank may need to be pumped every three to five years at a cost of $200-$300. That’s far less than the monthly fees imposed by the City. While steel tanks might last anywhere from 15-20 years, a concrete tank could last as much as 40 years.
If you’d like to learn more about Lake Havasu’s city sewer system or septic tanks, contact the City of Lake Havasu at (928) 855-2116.