the bad news is I just talked to the septic guy following a full septic investigation and the septic field is totally toast. it will take about three weeks to design and receive plan approval from the health authority. because our septic tanks are ok and only the field is damaged from our gross overuse of water to keep this place and animals clean..it is only the field that needs to be replaced. estimated cost is about $20,000.00.
the good news is that Sheila has just confirmed with a very kind and generous donor (THANK YOU!) that we can put her upcoming donation towards replacing the septic field. yay..looks like we can still keep the animals here and continue to look after and clean up after them and eventually I will again have a flushing toilet!
the new field will be specifically designed to meet a large, 120 animal resident shelter's daily water usage needs so we do not end up in trouble again a few years down the road.
saints has a wonderfully kind and compassionate angel looking out for our guys...and her timing of this could not be better...I am beyond grateful, I am thankfully overwhelmed.
and..on a personal note...only 3 more weeks of portapotty-ing..I can do it if I suck it up and really try.