Septic Tanks: Familiarizing Yourself with Domestic Wastewater Treatment

Every single household will generate wastewater. However, since this wastewater can be a health hazard if not treated and disposed of in an efficient manner, you will find that this responsibility is tasked to your local council. Nevertheless, this does not mean that you cannot engage in your own domestic wastewater treatment. If done appropriately, your domestic wastewater treatment efforts can results in increased efficiency in your household's resources, as the wastewater can be recycled in various applications and used once again. It should be noted though that not many people are aware of how what wastewater is and why it would be advantageous to treat it domestically. So what do you need to know about domestic wastewater treatment?

The different types of wastewater

The first thing you need to know when considering domestic wastewater treatment is that this type of waste comes in different varieties. A common misconception some people have is that wastewater is synonymous with sewage. This could not be further from the truth, though. The various types of domestic wastewater include the following.

Grey water: This form of domestic wastewater is generated from cleaning activities in the home. This will include taking a bath, taking a shower, washing your laundry, and more. Grey water is the best form of wastewater to recycle and reuse around the household, as it contains the least amount of toxins and contaminants.

Black Water: this type of domestic wastewater is generated from the toilet. It is what is commonly referred to as sewage; however, sewage, is a mixture of both grey water and black water. Black water contains a host of disease-causing agents as well as an array of germs and bacteria. Therefore, black water is rarely recycled for domestic use. In the event that it is recycled, its use would be severely limited.

The advantages of domestic wastewater treatment

There are a number of pros that come with choosing to treat your own domestic wastewater. Some of the advantages that you would reap include:

  • Domestic wastewater treatment is economical, as it provides you with additional water resources that you could use for exterior applications in your home, such as watering the garden, cleaning the outdoors, and more.

  • Domestic wastewater treatment aids in limiting your residence's impact on the environment, as your household will be on the road to self-sufficiency.

  • Domestic wastewater treatment helps in decreasing the burden on municipal treatment systems, as you will be reusing your recycled grey water.

Talk to a septic-waste professional for more information. 

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