Septic Systems and the Environment

Talking about sewage and wastewater disposal can make some people feel uneasy, and that is understandable. However, it is important to discuss such a topic because the more the general public knows about sewage treatment, the better we can protect ourselves against disease and help the environment.

In some cases, public sewage lines are dumped back into natural bodies of water with minimal chemical filtration. This becomes an issue for the ecosystem and the overall cleanliness of the water, but there is an alternative solution. Using a septic system, your wastewater is filtered naturally, and can benefit the environment in many ways, as long as your system is properly maintained.

Septic System Basics: A Brief Overview

If you have a septic system, you are probably wondering how it works, if you don’t know already. Basically, once the water in your house goes down the drain, it travels through the pipes of your home via gravity. Flowing out of an exit pipe, the water leaves your home and enters the septic tank.

After the water is in the tank, it divides. Solid waste sinks to the bottom of the tank, where it becomes sludge. The remaining wastewater sits on top of this sludge, as it is less dense. When more wastewater enters the tank, an equal amount of water exits the tank, headed towards the drainfield. Slowly seeping into the ground, the wastewater is naturally filtered. And that’s it, ta-da!

How Does a Septic System Help the Environment?

As your wastewater filters naturally into the ground, the Earth is absorbing the nutrients by way of helpful bacteria. These nutrients can help nearby plants and grass grow, as the soil is now enriched. Ultimately, wildlife in the area can live more healthfully too, as there is a water source that is supporting the growth of their food resources.

Septic systems, when used, also place water back into the local water table, by way of the filtered wastewater. This water table can replenish groundwater which supports the water cycle. In doing so, wildlife and soil in the area can benefit from the consistent production of water.

Public waste management systems usually process and treat water through large, industrial plants. These plants use a lot of energy and can produce a significant amount of pollution. Because septic tanks work solely off the use of gravity and rely on the Earth to naturally filter the water, septic systems cut back on energy use and pollution production.

With more advanced septic systems, such as an Aerobic Wastewater Treatment system, you wouldn’t even have to clear trees for a drainfield either. This system uses an aerator in the tanks to help clean wastewater.

Of course, septic systems are only helpful to the environment if they are properly maintained. This means getting regular inspections done on your septic system, and addressing any issues if they were to arise. Contact our team today to learn more about how we can provide septic services to your home.