Wastewater Woes: The Environment & Your Septic System
World Water Day, an internationally-recognized affair, is a day where an emphasis is placed on the subsistence of our freshwater supply. For 2017, UNCED has chosen ‘wastewater’ as the main theme. Individual contributions can be carried out through sustainable management of your septic system and regulating your household’s water usage. World Water Day is the perfect opportunity to be mindful of excess water consummation and poor septic maintenance habits. Beach City, TX residents and surrounding areas take note: decreasing water usage can have a positive impact on your septic system and our precious environment.
Sewage and wastewater produced from toilets, sinks, showers, washing machines, and dishwashers, all journey to your septic system for treatment and disposal. The septic drain field, which removes contaminants in your wastewater and circulates effluent water into the soil for purification, can become overloaded from excess water usage. If your septic system fails or the soil becomes oversaturated, impurities could escape into the environment cause pollution. Routine septic pumping is the most effective way of ensuring your system is operating at an optimal level.
With the importance of septic pumping and maintenance in mind, let's discuss some water conservation ideas. Remember, it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon, and small alterations to your daily routine can carry significant weight over time. An easy place to start is turning off running water while you are brushing your teeth or shaving. Thinking about flushing your hairy remains down the toilet? If what you’re flushing didn’t originate from your tummy, toss it into the trash bin instead. By doing this, you can also extend the lifeline of your septic tank because you will be saving your system from working overtime to break down surplus solids.
Another simple adjustment you can make is only running your dishwasher or washing machine when it’s fully loaded. Maintaining a clean environment is of the utmost importance. This World Water Day, encourage your family to implement these few lifestyle changes and be a part of a larger, international pursuit.