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Here at Below Ground Solutions we understand that you may want to learn more about treatment plants before you think about having one as part of your off-mains drainage system. Below we have tried to answer some of the more common questions we get asked about treatment plants.
What is a treatment plant?
A packaged system/plant that takes the waste from a household and treats the water by varied processes, in turn it makes the water fit for discharge to a water course or ditch. This type of system can also reduce the size of the soakaway required if previously on a septic tank.
What is the difference between a treatment plant and a septic tank?
A septic tank is a tank based system that separate the solids and allows the waste water to disperse into the ground via a soakaway system. A treatment plant treats the waste to a higher quality/separation and then discharges into a soakaway system or a water course, ditch.
Why would a treatment plant be used rather than a septic tank?
Waste which has gone through a septic tank needs to be discharged via a soakaway, whereas treated waste from a treatment plant can be discharged into a water course, ditch or smaller soakaway. A septic tank is reliant on the soakaway performance and this will have a life span where as a treatment plant can, if connected to a water course or ditch, be considered a permanent discharge point.
Will a treatment plant require a soakaway?
Only if there is not a better suitable option to discharge the water such as a water course or a ditch. What is a water course? A water course can be; a stream, river, running water source, it is important to check with the environmental agency as there are some protected zones.
What is a water course?
A water course can be; a stream, river, running water source, it is important to check with the environmental agency as there are some protected zones.
What is the average life span of a treatment plant and will it require maintenance?
Treatment plants require routine maintenance, but less frequently than a septic. A treatment plant which is installed and maintained correctly should not require replacing, however different manufactures will offer different warranties on their products.
How would a treatment plant work with my current drainage field?
A newly installed treatment plant can be connected to an existing soakaway, if its known to be working but there is no guarantee to the soakaways performance without prior testing.
If you would like to look at some of our recent treatment plant jobs then take a look here:
Date: 01/04/2019 -05/04/2019 Site Address: North Curry, Somerset Works: Treatment plant installation Report: Below Ground Solutions...
Date: 04/02/2019 -07/02/2019 Site Address: West Common Blackfield, SO45 Works: Treatment...
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