Rob R. wrote:drywell for the water softener and laundry...
Good advice, and very economical. My brother just put one in.
Used to be common when I was a kid on LI's south shore with it's sandy soil and high water tables - before they put in the sewer lines. Good way to extend the life of any type of septic system.
One of my teenage summer projects was, ..... my father "volunteered me" to dig 4 foot holes, 5 feet deep at each corner of the house. He then got some clean 55 gallon drums. We whacked them full of holes with a pick axe, dropped them in the hole, ran the roof down spouts into them, filled them with crushed rock, and then buried them.
Worked great and we only had to have the cesspool pumped every few years instead of yearly.