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When embracing tiny living, many new homeowners don’t consider all the “crap” that goes into owning a petite property.
Sewage might not be top of mind when embracing the romanticism of a simpler, Marie Kondo-inspired lifestyle, but it should be if you want to avoid a potentially — dare we say — sh*tty situation down the road.
For those in the market for a small, stationary space, congratulations! Your solution is relatively simple. You can — and should — hook up your home to city sewage or a septic tank.
Not surprisingly, options get a bit trickier those looking for mobile, off-the-grid living. Because nothing takes the fun out of nature quite like when nature calls.
The most common sewage system for mobile tiny homes is the RV low-flush toilet with a holding tank, which use minimal water, but generate blackwater which needs to be emptied. These typically run in the $100-$200 range plus the cost of installing a holding tank and an extra few bucks to chemically treat the waste for odor and bacteria.
If you have a healthier budget, many suggest splurging on a composting toilet, which don’t require much water at all and turns waste into compost. Typically $900-$2,000, it’s perhaps the best option for those living off-the-grid as it doesn’t require trips to RV dump stations.
On the other side of the spectrum, penny-pinchers also have a decent option. Camping toilets, usually sold under the $100 mark, don’t require any water and hold waste in a container similar to a port-a-potty. It’s not the sexiest option, but hey, there’s always Poo-Pourri!
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