Chemical-Free Bio Sewage Systems

Choose the Eco-Friendly Option with Chemical-Free Bio Sewage Systems

If you have ever spent a day at an outdoor music festival or perhaps attended an agricultural show, then you have probably had occasion to join a queue of fellow visitors eagerly waiting for their turn to make use of a portable toilet. Workers on construction sites are often provided with the same sort of facility. Unlike a pit latrine or a septic tank, these structures have no connection to the ground but are self-contained. Due to this lack, and the fact that their storage tanks are of relatively small capacity, they need to be emptied at frequent intervals.

Because of the need to minimise the odour from accumulated excrement, this type of toilet is also not chemical-free. Instead, their tanks contain substances such as formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, and quaternary ammonium compounds that can interfere with the natural bio processes that occur in the public sewage treatment systems, where the contents of these toilets are finally disposed of. Consequently, there has been a move to develop a more environmentally-friendly type of portable toilet, leading to new models that make use of enzyme action to actually assist bacterial breakdown of the waste.

In nature, the decomposition of waste materials is achieved with a mix of biology, physics, and chemistry, the latter involving the use of substances that occur naturally. These processes rely upon organic sources for their energy and both the end- and by-products of their activities play an important role in sustaining a balanced ecosystem. However, given the demand for the treatment of human waste on the vast scale necessary today, the artificial processes adopted have required the use of more stringent methods. These include mechanical agitation and pumping, for which considerable amounts of costly electrical energy are required, and the action of flocculants and ion-exchange materials in order to give nature a bit of a helping hand.

On the other hand, advances in technology and design have made possible the use of chemical-free bio sewage systems suitable for domestic installations as well as for the much more challenging demands of large-scale industrial waste and water treatment. Designed to mimic the natural degradation process, these units offer a means to purify effluent from grey and black water sources sufficiently, either to be safely discharged into surface or groundwater reserves, or re-used in a variety of tasks for which absolute purity is not essential.

In industry, for example, the treated effluent might be suitable for re-use as process water, perhaps for cooling purposes. At home and on a farm, it could be used to wash cars, tractors, and similar equipment, to water gardens and to feed irrigation systems. A further bonus to farmers is the purified sludge, which provides a free source of organic fertiliser. In practice, if sterilised and chlorinated, the clear and odourless effluent from these efficient chemical-free bio sewage systems could actually be used as drinking water.

The potential benefits of these installations, both for commercial and residential users as well as for the environment, are considerable. Just for a start, gaining the freedom to reuse water that has already been paid for can obviously represent a considerable saving for a family or even an entire industry. This is a benefit that is of particular value at a time when there appears to be no sign of an end to the spiralling utility bills that South Africans are now faced with monthly. It is also worth noting that, because these units require only the bare minimum of power to operate, their running costs do not significantly detract from those savings. Of advantage to everyone, however, is that the use of such installations is an aid to sustainability at a time when water resources in a semi-arid South Africa are growing scarcer and the global environment is more severely threatened than at any time since the dawn of civilisation.

For a cost-effective, world-class, locally developed solution backed by service excellence, be sure to contact Bio Sewage Systems and enquire about our state-of-the art, chemical-free bio sewage systems. In addition to a comprehensive range of standard installations for domestic and industrial use, the company also has the expertise to create tailored water treatment solutions to meet the unique needs of its clients.