Living Off-Mains – What You Need to know
Wastewater management might not be the most glamorous side of the design and construction process. but it’s undoubtedly a highly crucial one.
Different projects require different forms of management, be it for a large hotel catering for thousands of guests or for a small, rural property designed for a family. Choosing the right system for your needs is vital.
Here’s what you need to know when choosing your wastewater management system.
How sewage treatment plants work
Wastewater from the bath, washing sinks and from flushing the toilet goes down the drain and into the sewage treatment plant.
After entering the sewage treatment plant wastewater is treated by the microorganisms that occur naturally in the sewage. The treated water is then released into the watercourse or drainage field.
The water that is released meets quality control standards and is safe for the environment. Depending on how much use the system is subject to, it will have to be professionally de-sludged periodically. In most cases, once a year is sufficient.
Service and maintenance
Regular checks on the performance of the system should take place to ensure any potential problems in the future are avoided. Under no circumstances should the electricity powering the pumps or blowers in the system be intentionally shut off. If this occurs for an extended period of time, the system basically becomes an undersized septic tank where the ordinary means of breakdown for that method are ineffective.
Checks should be conducted once every 6 months.
You will not only be buying a system that will meet your needs, but will also need access to ongoing maintenance with a reliable dealer.