This section is from the book "Practical Real Estate Methods For Broker, Operator & Owner", by Thirty Experts. Also available from Amazon: Practical Real Estate Methods for Broker, Operator, Owner.
In a country development the purely utilitarian features are the same as those in suburban property.
First and foremost is drainage. And right here there is a good deal of misinformation abroad. The most ambitious developers undertake to install a so-called sewer system, for the sake of advertising purposes. This consists of underground pipes laid throughout the streets, often with very inadequate provision for the outlet and final disposal of the sewage. Such a system is a positive death trap and is far inferior to the ordinary cesspool. As a matter of fact, in such soil as is found over a good part of Long Island, the septic tank, which is Colonel Waring's improved cesspool, is the most sanitary system which has yet been devised, and where properly constructed and on plots of half an acre and upwards, is absolutely safe.
The water question will, of course, receive the most careful attention in any place intended for human habitation