A pit, typically filled with hard core, into which waste water is piped so that it drains slowly out into the surrounding soil.
- It was agreed to provide beech-filled soakaways about 1 metre cube with a polythene and concrete top.
- Below it was a large wooden sink which drained into a soakaway a few yards from the house - there were no drains.
- As the ground was saturated, due to the well above normal rainfall and coupled with the burst water main, the two soakaways were unable to cope.
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