Civil Engineering

Sanitary Services

The rapid growth of the West Michigan region has resulted in many sensitive lands being developed – including areas where there is no sanitary sewer or watermain. Because many people prefer to live in these outlying areas, safe and reliable methods for drinking water and sewage disposal must be employed so that our lakes, streams and groundwater supply are adequately preserved and protected.

Where municipal sanitary sewer is not available, sewage is typically treated and released into the soil on the individual homeowner’s lot. These types of systems are commonly called “on-site septic systems.”  When properly designed and installed, these systems are both effective and sanitary.

There are many variables that determine if the soils at a home site can adequately accept and treat wastewater. At Nederveld, our soils experts are able to determine and pinpoint the optimal soils for effective and safe sewage treatment. In areas with more challenging soils, Nederveld can recommend and design a custom sewage disposal system for the site or development that can safely treat and release wastewater.

Where municipal watermain is not available, individual water wells are drilled deep into the earth to provide a drinkable water supply for the home site. Before a site is developed, Nederveld coordinates “test wells” to investigate the suitability of the groundwater supply. We want to make sure that there is an adequate quantity of water for years to come, and we want to make sure that the quality of the water is safe and useable.

The process of securing approvals for individual water wells and on-site septic systems has increased greatly in complexity over the past few years. Fortunately, Nederveld is the respected leader for these types of systems, and we have successfully secured septic system and water well approval for hundreds of home sites over the past 20 years.