Water can be a very tricky issue for new subdivisions to overcome while being built. The first issue is usually finding a source of fresh water. If the subdivision is not attached to an existing source, many states require they have to find a way to provide 100 years of fresh water to the people who buy into it. The other issue involves the disposal of wastewater. New housing developments need to show that they are able to deal with sewage concerns and properly and safely dispose of wastewater. The latter is actually a greater conundrum in many cases.
Florida’s Department of Health recently came out with a comparison of installing onsite wastewater treatment systems versus connecting to existing sewer systems. It looked at cost issues combined with reliability, recharge capacity, ease of building, maintenance, and level of service. It found that there were positives and negatives associated with each. Initial costs were often larger for sewer systems as construction would be involved adding more pipes to get out to an area. Onsite systems were also more contained and were the responsibility of only the person who added it.
Sewers were cited as being easier to monitor and maintain. They said that if a leak happens it could take a while for it to be discovered on an OWTS, whereas sewer systems are watched constantly. Options for sewer systems are also more varied as a major wastewater treatment plant can be upgraded and altered to fit needs and changing technology. Sewer systems also work for everyone in the area while a more personalized treatment system is limited to just the person using it.
In a lot of ways this shows the common issues of personal versus public goods. While personal goods may be easier to handle for an individual and also means you do not have to worry about others. It also can cause costs to go up and put full responsibility on yourself. Public goods are shared between everyone for cost and use, but they can sometimes be non-responsive to individual needs.
So should municipalities look into pushing more individual Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems? Or should they stick to expanding sewers even at a greater cost to do so? Leave us a comment below on what you think.
We think there is a way to combine both into one option beneficial to everyone. Clear Choice Wastewater Treatment, LLC offers an onsite wastewater treatment system that can be installed near a housing development at No Capital Cost to the developers. Houses would then be able to store their wastewater in a traditional septic tank system before it is then pumped out and delivered to the central treatment located very close by. The septage would be treated at the plant, with many common pollutants being removed and leaving behind water safe for disposal.
Even more than standard sludge and septage, the Clear Choice Electrocoagulation system can be used for other forms of wastewater. It can treat grease traps from local restaurants, portable toilet waste used at construction sites and local events, and it can even remove pollutants oil interceptors installed along streets. All of this powerful treatment technology is available for a fraction of the cost of using a sewer system or building an OWTS directly onto a house.
If you would like to know more about our NO CAPITAL COST onsite wastewater treatment plant, please visit our website at ccwt.info and fill out the Contact Information Sheet. We also encourage you to call John Mitchell, Director of Operations at 877.770.2618 x701.
Clear Choice Wastewater Treatment, LLC – The Choice Is Clear