Wife: What is a septic system?
X: A septic system takes the waste from a house, where it runs and collects in a large tank; usually at least 500 gallons, depending on the number of people contributing to the system. A colony of bacteria is introduced that eats the human waste and toilet paper. The tank drains slowly into what is called a leeching field, and the treated waste disappears harmlessly into the earth. One must be careful though of what puts into the system as it cannot handle some things.
Wife: Like what?
X: Like chlorine bleach and anti-bacterial soap as they can kill the helpful bacteria that eat up all the bad stuff. Also, things like cooking oil, and ladies’ sanitary supplies should not be flushed because the bacteria cannot consume such items.
Wife: So then we can’t use chlorine bleach in the washer?
X: We can here because the washing machine drains over into the side yard and not into the septic tank.
Wife: OK, that’s good. We have lots of anti-bacterial soap. Why can’t we just dump it out and replace it with the Softsoap refill jug?
X: Excellent idea! Take care of that won’t you while I go and pull weeds from the gardens.
Wife: Will do.
X: Did you refill the soap dispensers?
Wife: sure did.
X: What did you do with the anti-bacterial soap?
Wife: I poured them down the drain.
X: You WHAT?