The health department won't issue a septic permit for my homesite because my land is too low and water is running just 3 feet below the surface. I have more land which is higher but will have to build a bridge over the creek which gets pretty rough in winter I hear(and it got pretty rough after Dennis and Katrina went through as storms. The bridge will be several thousand which I would rather not spend on a bridge. It will also mean that I will indeed get more solar panels since taking electric back there will be over $8K. I'm hiring a soil scientist to see if any of the front pasture is acceptable but it is low and I knew that when I bought this land. It is great pasture and it doesn't flood. Ironically, my first choice for a homesite was the top meadow but costs kept me from pursuing that. Now it seems I might have to anyway. I am considering composting toilets for the cabin and would like honest feedback. We studied them several years ago and the literature all seems great but the opinions for those using them was less than ideal imo. Also is anyone using a gray water system to irrigate gardens? Does the health dept. get involved in gray water systems and composting toilets? I had already called the gas company and they can put a tank out in the pasture and run lines to the back but that will cost, I know. My other big concern is heating. With gas prices going up it will affect everything and I have so much free wood to use that it makes a lot of sense to buy an outdoor wood furnace but I'm going to grow old here god willing and don't know how hard it will be to cut wood and go outside in winter to feed the furnace. Any of our older members regret their furnace or find it is getting too hard for them? I'm 41 now and it wouldn't be a problem at all for quite a while, given my health remains the same. Just worried that the woodcutting and the outdoor trips in very bad weather to keep the fire going will pose a problem. Thanks in advance.