Septic vs. Sewer

Sewer Service Benefits

  • Hassle free. Public sanitary sewer service takes the burden of waste water removal away from consumers.
  • Improves your property value. Sewer adds value, and septic takes it away. FHA and VA may require connecting to sewer where available for refinancing or for your prospective buyer’s mortgage.
  • Good for the environment. Field line effluent from septic systems can pollute ground water. Public sanitary sewer is the cleanest, safest way to keep our waterfront free from contamination.
  • Affordable. Take advantage of this offer, and save thousands. New health regulations can make septic repairs costly and impractical.
  • Reliable. BCSS offers service and repairs as needed 24/7/365, and your call is always answered by a real person.
Why Homeowners Prefer Reliable Sewer Service

For septic tank conversion and new construction with septic system option,
we offer a discounted installation package with
the Environmental Enhancement Program.
This includes sewer tap fee, E/One grinder pump & full sewer installation.

$3,995 for residences on pressure lines
$2,250 residential tap fee on gravity lines

$4,995 for standard commercial buildings on pressure lines
$3,250 commercial tap fee on gravity lines

Contact Jenny Williams for more information on converting to our service at (251) 971-1516 /

FLEXIBLE FINANCING AVAILABLE:  Low down payment, 12 months 0% interest or up to 60 months 9.25% interest

*franchise fees may apply

As Baldwin County residents, we are fortunate to live in an area with so many diverse water systems. Our bays, rivers, streams, and the Gulf of Mexico provide important financial and recreational benefits to all of us. The quality of the water we swim and bathe in and the water we drink is crucial to our property values and to our quality of life.

South Baldwin County is a flat Coastal Plain that slopes gently lower to the south end of the county. The surface of the ground is soggy and doesn’t drain well. The land closest to the water is least suitable for septic tank systems. There’s not enough space between septic field lines and the groundwater for the earth to cleanse the discharge. Untreated effluent leaches directly into the ground water and into our rivers and streams.

Baldwin County Sewer Service incorporates a low pressure grinder pump system where applicable that moves wastewater from your home to one of our treatment facilities, away from pristine shorelines, underground aquifers and other sensitive natural areas. BCSS uses Environment One (E/One) pumps exclusively.

Sewer and Septic History
The biggest building boom in American history began immediately following the World War II. This boom, epitomized by William Levitt at his Levittowns on Long Island and in southeastern Pennsylvania, provided a first home to millions of homecoming GI’s. Many of these subdivisions in all parts of America were carved out of raw land adjacent to existing cities and towns. Most provided only streets, electricity and telephones. Such niceties as curbs and gutters, street lights, fire protection, and especially public sewers and water supply were notable by their absence. Into this breach was thrown an old technology, developed early in the 20th century by agricultural engineers for use on the farm; namely, septic tanks and soil absorption systems.

Out in the country, land was abundant. So long as the well was prudently located up hill and on the other side of the house there was no problem. A little odor or a soft spot in the middle of a field far from habitation was no cause for concern. Limited use of such septic systems had also been made in some city neighborhoods with large lots, prime soil conditions and careful operation (limited loading and frequent pump outs). In retrospect, septic tanks, when brought to town, were a very poor choice on these small “postage stamp sized” lots. Nonetheless, in the rush to provide critically needed homes, millions of septic tanks were built.

By the late 50’s, the Public Health Service, who were conducting on behalf of FHA serious studies in the field and in labs at the Taft Sanitary Engineering Center, reported that over 24 million septic systems were in service. Further that they were failing on average in 11 years — far less than the twenty or thirty year term of the typical VA or FHA mortgage loan.

These same USPHS studies showed that over 50 percent of the available building land in the U. S. was unsuitable for septic tank systems. Despite these facts, and because of continuing tremendous pressure from the public and the home building and real estate industries, several million more septic tanks were installed. Even today the stock is growing, albeit at a drastically lower rate. The sad fact that failing septic tanks are a ubiquitous feature of many, many American suburbs today makes it clear that they have been grossly misused.

Happily, there are several alternative solutions to this need for affordable, dependable, safe sewers in the places where Americans live. One of the most successful and widely used systems is pressure sewers powered by grinder pumps. Most public health officials, developers, consulting engineers, contractors, and public works personnel have had at least some experience with pressure sewers during the thirty years since their introduction.

Hundreds of thousands of homes that once suffered from marshy, odorous children’s play yards, river water quality degradation, and even hepatitis and E-coli epidemics caused by septic tank failures are today the proud owners of successful grinder pump pressure sewer systems. These are in everyday use in subdivisions and other neighborhoods all over the country.