Do apartment buildings have septic tanks?

The short answer is, “Yes.” However, it’s not very common. While several apartment units might share a single large septic tank, they still each need enough lateral lines to treat their effluent. So, a single apartment building would need several acres of leach field. An apartment complex would need to devote over half the land…

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What is Eutrophication?

Eutrophication is plant overgrowth in domestic waterways. Wastewater contains nitrate and phosphorus which are nutrients that plants need to grow. Usually, nutrients are good things, but growing population density can result in too much of a good thing being deposited into streams, rivers, and other waterways. When this happens, plant life takes over – crowding…

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Sizing a Community Septic System

Wastewater systems in the US are sized based on the maximum number of gallons per day they can treat. A 300-room hotel, for instance, might require a 50,000 gallon-per-day system. Depending on soil loading rate*, that system might need a 2 acre drip field for effluent disposal. Here are some factors that determine how many…

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What Does Wastewater Treatment Do?

Wastewater poses several threats to the environment. Micro organisms which digest the suspended organic matter (Total Suspended Solids – TSS) in sewage use up the dissolved oxygen (DO) present in the water. The rate of this digestion can be measured as Carbonaceous Biological Oxygen Demand (CBOD). Water with high CBOD can deplete dissolved oxygen in…

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What are the 3 Stages of Wastewater Treatment?

Wastewater can be treated in up to three stages generally known as primary, secondary, and tertiary treatment. Here’s what’s involved in each of these stages: Our systems use all three stages of wastewater treatment to equip you for responsible growth. Let us show you how!

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What does Advanced Wastewater Treatment involve?

Longer answer – Advanced treatment systems: Use new technologies to accelerate biological consumption of organic contaminants in wastewater. Remove toxic ammonia through nitrification. Mitigate eutrophication of waterways by reducing nitrogen and phosphorus through Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR). Sometimes introduce coagulants which settle nutrients and suspended solids through flocculation. Occasionally feature chlorinators or UV arrays to…

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