Not entirely new (it’s been around for decades), but certainly lesser-known than the traditional septic system using a stone and pipe combination, the Enviro-Septic
Wastewater Treatment System boasts many advantages over its counterparts. Keep reading as the expert concrete products supplier explain the new enviro-septic system.
Designed and created in response to failures with the traditional stone and pipe system which could and does periodically lead to groundwater and drinking water contamination, the Enviro-Septic System is constructed out of recycled plastic with an entirely different design and function. Pipes in conventional systems, located in the leach or drainfield, are perforated so wastewater (effluent) can trickle through into the drainfield’s soil where the treatment of the effluent can occur. In this case, partially-treated, but still contaminated wastewater enters the soil, gravel and sand where bacteria break down the remainder of the contaminants before it travels into the groundwater. The pipes are a means of transporting wastewater and are not a treatment system. With the Enviro-Septic System, the process of breaking down contaminants occurs within the pipes, using natural bacterial processes, therefore releasing already treated wastewater into the soil.
Without getting completely technical, but to provide a basic understanding of function, instead of the effluent entering straight from the septic tank, in the Enviro system, the effluent first goes to a distribution box where it is then evenly distributed to the pipes. The walls of the pipes are corrugated to increase surface area and to encourage air flow (for bacterial growth). Fiber mesh is involved, which not only helps increase air flow, but also serves as a station for a living bacterial filter to flourish. The bacteria attaches to the walls of the pipes and feeds on pollutants found in the effluent. By the time the wastewater leaves the pipes and enters the soil, nearly 98% of all contaminants have been removed. Quality effluent can now safely flow into underlying soil, which is in complete contrast to the traditional piping method where treatment occurs AFTER leaving the pipes, therefore placing contaminated effluent directly into the soil, sand and gravel. The risk of contaminating the groundwater and/or drinking water with the Enviro system is drastically reduced and minimized, groundwater is recharged more safely and clean water is recycled into the environment, therefore making the Enviro-Septic System considerably safer and much more environmentally responsible than the conventional system.
This passive, on-site wastewater treatment system has no mechanical or electrical parts, no moving parts, no mantle, requires no electricity, and the normally required washed stone is not needed. Instead, system sand is used. There is relatively no maintenance required beyond what is recommended by the manufacturer or the company that installs the systems, which typically involves periodic pumping of the septic tank, that should be completed on a regular basis anyway. The Enviro system often requires less overall area for the drainfield than a traditional system, which in many cases where homeowners or business owners are working with small spaces, could be a huge advantage. In addition, it blends well into sloping terrain and installs more easily and quickly.
Relatively few, if any drawbacks exist where the Enviro-Septic System is concerned. Prior to installing your new system or replacing an already existing system, talk to your local professional about the possibility of installing this environmentally friendly system at your home or place of business.