There are many options for domestic wastewater treatment available on the market today.
Septic Tank Option with Percolation Area
Up until recently, a septic tank was the most common option. However, this is a passive method of sewage treatment with limited treatment efficiency. Now, stricter rules and regulations require better, cleaner results. Thankfully, there are now plenty of better sewage treatment options.
A septic tank is basically just a settlement tank where solids are pumped out periodically. There is limited biological treatment so the quality of the discharge is very poor. This is why a percolation area or similar treatment option is specified. A percolation area is located in the ground near the septic tank and contains pipes, trenches and filters to process the wastewater discharge. A filterpod tertiary treatment module removes the need the for a large percolation area or soakaway by carrying out the same function in a tank based system.
Sewage Treatment Plant Option
In a lot of situations, current EPA and Environment Agency regulations will not permit the installation of a septic tank and will specify the option of a domestic wastewater treatment plant instead. By installing a modern sewage treatment plant you can discharge the treated effluent directly into a drain or watercourse. This removes the need for an expensive percolation area or soakaway.
Modern packaged sewage treatment plants operate on the principal of mixing air with the wastewater. Bacteria then develop naturally and grow in the system. They feed on the organic material in the sewage and the oxygen introduced via the aeration process.
Low Energy Sewage Treatment Options
Many old fashioned systems have air pumps running 24 hours a day mixing air with the wastewater as part of the treatment process. Biocell low energy sewage treatment plants have the lowest running costs on the market. This has been independently verified by extended test periods. If you compare our EN12566-3 certification with any competitor model you can confirm it. Our systems are British water approved and SR66 approved for use in Ireland.
Our ground breaking electricity free system called the ClearFox Nature is the only non electric sewage treatment plant on the market that has no mechanical components, so it never requires replacement parts. This is a zero energy, low cost domestic sewage treatment option. Other competing non electric systems still require replacement parts and maintenance.
Septic Tank Upgrade Option
If you need a septic tank upgrade, then the ClearFox Nature or the QuickOne+ can be installed after an existing septic tank where the existing tank is used for primary treatment (settlement) of the domestic sewage.
Alternatively, if you are building a new house and require a new septic system, we offer the most robust, reliable and cost effective sewage treatment options on the market. Our experts are available to speak to you and give you advice on how to upgrade your septic tank or how to install a sewage treatment plant as part of your new build project.