What To Know About Domestic Wastewater Treatment

Posted on: 2 August 2022

If you move to a rural location and need to deal with utility issues, you may be thinking about installing a septic tank. However, have you thought about introducing a wastewater treatment plant instead as this can be more efficient and potentially produce a better end result? What do you need to know?

Comparing Treatment Options    

Septic tanks have long been the solution of choice for those properties that are not connected to a public sewer system. They are still an option and will certainly achieve the primary objective, but today, wastewater treatment plants are more thorough. With a wastewater treatment plant, the liquid that flows out of your home will go through one more treatment phase than it would have if you had simply installed a septic tank.

Processing Waste through the System

Wastewater will go into a primary settlement tank first (which is similar to the septic tank). This is where the sludge sinks down to the bottom while oil and grease rise to the top. After a short while, the wastewater then flows into an aeration tank.

In the aeration phase, small bubbles of air will be introduced to the water, which will then rise to the surface, prompting the growth of microbes in the wastewater. These microbes will feed on the bacteria, breaking down organic matter and unwanted waste.

The final part of this process involves settlement. The wastewater enters the settling tank, where any remaining solid waste floats to the bottom. This means that the wastewater is now of a much higher quality than it would have been if you had used a septic tank process instead.

Once the remaining water has gone through these extra treatment phases, it is allowed to drain into a soakaway. It's likely to have a very little environmental impact due to its relative quality.

Assessing the Advantages

As you can see, there are advantages to introducing a system like this. They are more environmentally friendly and safer, as there will be much less harmful bacteria in the area. You may not notice as many unpleasant smells as you would if you installed a septic tank.

Talking With the Experts

Get in touch with a consultant to find out if your property is suitable for a domestic wastewater treatment plant. If the home already has a septic tank in place, it may be possible to swap this out for a treatment plant instead.