Re: Zoning patterns septic sub thread
From: Liz Ryan Cole (
Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2013 06:16:07 -0800 (PST)
We explored composing toilets and concluded that they were astronomically 
expensive.  We have a designed and approved (but not yet installed) septic 
system (also in a rural area, but in NH not VT,  so different rules).

If any folks can tell us (and I'll contact the Cobb Hill folks directly) about 
their experience with composting toilets we would really appreciate it. please 
reply directly as I bet there are not many working with septic systems.  thanks 

Liz Ryan Cole
lizryancole [at]
Pinnacle Cohousing at Loch Lyme Lodge
Lyme, NH
Home 802.785.4124
Work 802.831.1240
Lodge 603-795-2141

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On Dec 17, 2013, at 8:51 AM, Fred-List manager wrote:

FanningandCate <FanningandCate [at] VALLEY.NET>
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Here at Cobb Hill Cohousing in Hartland, VT (where there is a unit for sale) we have
composting toilets and therefore, a much smaller-than-normal leach
field. Our community was built to explore ways to live more
sustainably and the composting toilets have worked out very well:
they do not smell, the system requires minimal maintenance, and we use
about 1/3 the water a community our size would use with regular
toilets. The selection of composting toilets was a deliberate choice
to reduce our environmental footprint, even though there is (for now)
plenty of water in the northeast.

Here is the website of our Phoenix toilets:

You will need to work with your state with regard to the leach field

Margaret Fanning

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   Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2013 17:59:49 -0700
   From: Joyce Thompson <revjat [at]>
   Subject: [C-L]_ Zoning patterns
   To: cohousing-l [at]

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   Unlike urban areas, our water will come from wells, and septic
   systems will handle sewage.   This seems to be an unusual model for
   cohousing.  Have any of you created cohousing in a rural area with
   these kinds of systems?

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