Monday, June 1, 2009

ancient indian burial mound

The mound in the yard of this house is actually a drainfield. Normally drainfields are below ground but in an areas where the water table rises during the rainy season the drain field must be above the water table during the wettest part of the season. But how can you tell how high the water table comes during the wet season. You do a coring of the soil with a special manual auger and look at the different strata of the soil. In the case of this house, the drainfield actually had to be built above ground and then covered over with dirt. Sometimes the homeowners complained about the ugly mound of dirt in their yard or were embarrassed because friends and relatives would ask them what the mound was in their front yard. Someone told me of a good response to this and I would pass it on to the people. I would tell them to tell people that the mound was an ancient indian burial mound which they were proud to have in their yard because it had been studied by historians and sometimes school children were bussed to their yard on field trips to see it. The people always loved this fanciful tale and we would all have a good laugh about it. So as you drive about and see these mounds in peoples yards just think of them as ancient historical burial mounds. It sounds much better than being a depository of you-know-what. Or as I once saw on the side of a septic tank pumper truck “We’re number 1 in a number 2 business”. Enough of the tacky jokes. I hope that you are not reading this blog just before meal time. Have a nice day. Lew

1 comment:

seaside said...

This is a justification for city water.