Local company’s alternative form of septic tank is catching on as lower cost alternative to traditional systems

Circular concrete septic tanks offer a lower cost solution to septic field replacement projects

Turtle tanks are an inexpensive alternative to traditional septic tanks.


Maybe you have seen that round concrete tank on the East side of Highway 3 in Cawston, and wondered what it is. It is an innovative concrete septic tank designed by Jim Ripley from Kelowna back in the 80’s. The round Turtle Tank septic tanks are different from standard rectangular tanks, which helps Turtle Tanks to offer their customers more affordable septic systems. Also because of the design they “will not float” in areas with high water tables like in the Cawston/Keremeos area, which also reduces costs of installation and maintenance. Turtle Tanks is a “green manufacturer” and operates with the lowest possible carbon footprint impact of any septic system manufacturer/installer.

Another innovative product called PolyRock is a drain-rock equivalent that also helps to offer more affordable systems and utilizes recycled materials which would otherwise end up in our landfills in the Okanagan. Turtle Tanks has been installing affordable septic systems in B.C. for 30 years and employs local representatives, independent heavy equipment operators and labour. Turtle Tanks has installed dozens of systems in Keremeos/Cawston and just finished another install on Copperhead Road where almost all the systems on that street have been installed with Turtle Tanks.


Dave and Peggy Mutch look after the local representation and installations in Keremeos/Cawston and Eric Pierce, a previous resident and Keremeos homeowner since 2003, looks after marketing and operations for Turtle Tanks in the South Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys from Penticton.



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