What Is A Cesspool?
Cesspools (or leaching pools) are pits into which concrete, brick or cement
block walls have been placed. Wastewater flows into the cesspool and drains or "percolates" into the soil through perforated walls.
Cesspools which serve only as "overflow" pits from septic tanks are much
more efficient than the older systems because they receive much less solid material. However, where there is no septic tank to hold the solids, the
cesspool will require much more maintenance. Over time, when the drainage area around the leaching pool becomes saturated, additional pools may have to be dug to handle the volume.