When Robert McCulloch founded Lake Havasu City back in 1964, properties ran on individual septic systems. This continued to rule the majority of homeowner properties all the way up until 2001. At that time, voters decided that they wanted a City-run sewer system instead of individual septic systems. If you found out that a property you were interested in had a septic system, would it be a dealbreaker?
Septic System Pros and Cons
It may sound odd to you, but some of today’s homeowners actually prefer a septic system to a sewer system. Why? Well, first of all, you do not pay any fees to the City to operate one on your Lake Havasu property. Those fees can easily cost a thousand dollars or more per year. But it only costs about $200 to $300 every three to five years to pump out a septic tank. And, depending on which type of system you install (steel or concrete tanks), they can last anywhere between 15 and 40 years. This also lessens your dependence on City services. So, if something happens to the City sewer system, your property will not be affected. Plus, it allows you to live a bit more comfortably outside City limits (for those seeking a more secluded lifestyle). The con to all this is that the initial installation of a septic tank costs quite a bit of money out of pocket. Plus, you are responsible for the maintenance of the system. If it clogs, you are responsible for finding a repair person as well as paying them whatever it costs to fix it.
Sewer System Pros and Cons
Now, sewer systems also offer their own pros and cons. Yes, you do pay a monthly fee. But the City takes care of any maintenance or repair issues. Also, they take care of the waste disposal for you. When someone (or several people) decide to flush non-biodegradable items down into the sewers (like wet wipes and grease, for example), that can back up the system. This includes your household’s system. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about it until the City takes care of the blockage.
So, which do you prefer: a septic system or a sewer system? Why? Let me know in the comments below. Also, if you wish to know whether your Lake Havasu home falls outside the City’s sewer system, download the City’s report here.