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The Best Septic Systems to Prevent Contamination and Protect Waterways

As waterfront homeowners, we all need to do our part to protect our local waterways and keep our communities, and environment, safe. Part of that means installing a functional, eco-friendly septic system. 

Thanks to new septic systems technology, there are plenty of safe, green alternatives available to waterfront homeowners. Talk to a local septic design specialist near you to figure out what will work best for your property. In the meantime, here are a few of the most popular septic system designs that prevent harmful contamination and protect our waterways. 

Aerobic Septic Systems

An aerobic septic system works a lot like a conventional septic system: waste is broken down in a septic tank, then channeled into a leach field as wastewater to be safely filtered and absorbed by the ground. The key difference in an aerobic system is that air is pumped into the septic tank. The air encourages the growth of bacteria, speeding up the breakdown of waste. The result is cleaner, lighter wastewater, and less harmful waste leaving the tank. 

Aerobic septic systems do come at a higher cost to install and to maintain than conventional systems. That said, the security and reliability that comes with a brand new aerobic system might just be worth the invention — not to mention the peace of mind that you’re doing everything you can to prevent contamination from your septic system from reaching the waterfront. 

Sand Mound Septic Systems

A sand mound septic system utilizes — you guessed it — a mound of sand and fine gravel to filter wastewater coming from your septic tank. 

Why install a sand mound? For one thing, the soil on your property may not be able to pass the percolation test — meaning it can’t safely filter and absorb wastewater in a leach field. For another, the sand mound adds an additional measure of security to your system. By filtering wastewater through the mound, instead of directly into a leach field, you can drastically reduce the chances of ground and water contamination around your property. 

Private Water Treatment Plant

Finally, for the safest wastewater treatment, you might want to consider investing in a private water treatment plant. This system will channel waste away from your property to the plant, where it will be safely treated with a septic tank and leach field. 

Other than the cost of electricity, private water treatment plants are fairly affordable, and can be a great way to ensure the safety of your waterfront. Just get in touch with a professional septic installation company in your neighborhood to find out more!

Max Francisco