Over 80% of Americans rely on a municipal waste program to deal with sewage. Americans who use a septic tank system understand how wastewater flows into a tank buried on their property where the products separate and partially decompose, and the liquid then disperses into the soil. The earth does its job of removing harmful bacteria, and the solid waste forms a sludge that must periodically be pumped out. A good septic tank avoids releasing viruses and bacteria into the water tables people drink from. But the rest of America probably doesn’t know how their waste is treated, since they aren’t responsible for treating it.
A municipal sewage treatment plant is similar to a private septic tank only the municipality treats the waste by adding treatments using technologies. But if something goes wrong, the overflow affects far more than a personal piece of property. Sometimes overflow has been so significant that stormwater and sewage back up to the streets and sidewalks. With waste ranging from fertilizers to pet waste, it’s no wonder there are spikes in gastrointestinal issues after a heavy rain! The nation has long had a serious wastewater infrastructure issue, with the EPA citing some 32 states with serious issues costing many millions of dollars.
While costs are always a concern, updating equipment to better process the treatment of sewage pays off in more ways than one. A treatment facility with a proper mixer can not only save money by using an innovative design that isn’t reliant on flow, but can also save maintenance costs later, as Komax static mixers are foul-resistant. Further, an upgraded mixer can mean savings in other areas as well, such as using at least 25% less polymer solutions to get the job done. While community health is at the forefront, upgrades with proper equipment will pay off financially as well.