There’s A New Kid on the Block…The Enviro-Septic System
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
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.
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.
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