A cesspit, or cesspool, is a term with various meanings: it is either used to describe an underground holding tank or a soak pit. It can be used for the temporary collection and storage of feces, excreta or faecal sludge as part of an on-site sanitation system and has some similarities with septic tanks or with soak pits. Traditionally, it was a deep cylindrical chamber dug into the earth, having approximate dimensions of 1 metre diameter and 2–3 metres depth. Their appearance was similar to that of a hand-dug water well.
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