With the ever-increasing number of contaminated rivers, ponds, estuaries and diminishing number of natural potable water supplies, we are quickly realizing the cumulative impact wastewater has on our natural resources. It has become apparent the measures taken to protect our natural resources today, will determine the problems future generations will face tomorrow.
For most homes without access to municipal sewers, septic systems provide for on-site wastewater treatment and disposal. However, various site limitations can make it difficult to replace a failing cesspool or septic system with a conventional septic system which will meet the requirements of state and local authorities. Below are just a few of the ways this new generation of septic systems, referred to as Innovative/Alternative (I/A) technologies, can help to serve the community and protect the environment:
- I/A technology is superior to conventional septic systems at removing solids and other pollutants from wastewater before it goes to the soil absorption system (SAS), commonly referred to as the Leaching Field, where it is discharged back into the environment;
- I/A technology provides advanced treatment to reduce the nitrogen content in wastewater. For this reason, nitrogen-reducing systems may be required near private or public water supply wells or other nitrogen-sensitive areas;
- The use of a Recirculating Sand Filter can greatly increase the life-expectancy of a septic system.
As an I/A system owner it is important to know the basics. All system owners should know the following:
- How does your system work?
- What are the maintenance and testing requirements?
- What is required to stay in compliance with state and local environmental codes?
- Who can you turn to for additional information and assistance?
Proper operation and maintenance are very important requirements when dealing with Innovative/Alternative wastewater treatment systems.