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Septic tanks and absorptive drainfields are two common wastewater treatment technology options for on site treatment. Septic tanks work by breaking down the waste matter in the sewage into small particles that can be removed by the soil. Septic tanks are a cheap option, but they require frequent maintenance to remove the waste matter and other matter that is not broken down. Gravel or slag can be added to the tank to make it a more effective means of treatment. Septic tanks can be used to treat domestic sewage, but they are typically not suitable for the treatment of industrial waste.

Absorptive drainfields use a layer of sand or other absorbent material to soak up water and waste, then displace it through a trench to an underground drainage system. A septic tank absorption field system is a type of subsurface irrigation that uses aerated soil in the tank to help eliminate excess salts from the treated water. The system consists of a buried pipe that connects a septic tank to an underground, pressurized distribution system. Aeration of the soil in the tank allows for the water to be pumped through the pipe and then out into a subsurface drip or sprinkler system.

There are many different types of treatment and disposal options when looking to treat wastewater on-site. If you need help understanding local and state regulations or have questions about when system suites your use best reach out to us today!