If, like most of us, you live in a well-serviced area where your garbage is collected every week, your water comes out of a tap fresh and clean, and your personal wastes are flushed down the toilet, you probably don’t think about wastewater. We only think about these things if the drains get blocked and effluent bubbles up through the pipes and spills inside.
Rural Users Need to Understand Their Wastewater Systems
Thankfully, that is not a common occurrence, but for people living in rural areas that are not connected to public drainage and sewerage systems, understanding how their wastewater systems work is essential. They may one day be in a situation where they have to manage a drainage system failure themselves, or at least do a temporary fix until a drainage expert can get to their property.
Wastewater Processing Covered by Government Legislation
Waste water drainage systems are covered by government legislation, with all waste water in Queensland required to be monitored and reported to the EHP (Department of Environment and Heritage Protection). Other states have similar requirements, with protection of our waterways and the water table the prime concern.
When we are digging a drainage system for a client, we must comply with all legislation to make sure that the end result is eco-friendly. Our plant operators at Dee Gees Bobcatsare skilled and experienced, as there are several different ways to construct an eco-friendly drainage system.
Worm Farm Septic Tank System One Solution
One method of environmentally responsible waste disposal is to install a worm farm septic tank system. This is a natural, biological system that processes sewage, household wastewater and organic waste, and converts it into a liquid fertiliser that is distributed underground throughout the property.
Sand Filtration Method
Another method is the use of a sand filtration system to process sewerage, bio degradable waste and wastewater. The waste flows into a large in-ground concrete tank where an anaerobic bacterial decomposition occurs. This primary-treated effluent then flows through an in-ground sand filter specially designed to suit the volume of the material. From there it moves to an underground well, where it is discharged to the required locations.
Constructed Wetlands Become Living Filters
A third option is a wastewater treatment system using constructed wetlands or reed beds. These are living filters that transform wastewater through natural processes that strip sewage effluent of bacteria and nutrients. This is a safe and cost-effective solution for people who live in rural areas.
As these systems have some of their components underground, excavation is needed, and this is where our trained operators excel. Eco-friendly drainage systems are not only good for the environment, but also once constructed, they cost little to maintain, so everyone wins.