Synthetic Chemicals - Their effect on septic tanks and water supplies

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According to figures, from the EPA, over 500,000 households in Ireland rely on a domestic waste water treatment system(DWWTS). Septic tanks are one type of DWWTS. When working properly these are very effective treatment systems, with helpful bacteria doing the work of digesting waste. However, if a septic tank is not functioning properly it can cause odour nuisance, flooding, pollution, serious health & environmental risks and considerable remedial expenses.

The liquid that drains away from the tank can cause a number of problems. If a system is failing, the effluent may contain high levels of bacteria, which can pose a serious health risk to families and to the surrounding community. This effluent contains chemical residues(phosphates) from conventional cleaning and laundry products. Phosphates are a serious pollutant of water supplies, which can cause an explosion of algae growth. This in turn reduces the amount of oxygen in streams, rivers, lakes, etc resulting in the death of fish and other marine life.

Answer your QuestionsMany conventional household products, used on a regular basis, have a very negative effect on the efficiency of septic tanks. Products such as laundry detergents, washing up products and toilet cleaners. These can contain synthetic chemicals that will kill bacteria cultures that are needed to break down household waste. If this issues isn't addressed it will lead to blockages, which are caused by the build up of scum and sludge. This in turn results in toxic gases been released, which are extremely dangerous to small children and pregnant women. Paper products, such as toilet paper and kitchen roll, which have been bleached to give them a whiter appearance also contain high levels of chlorine, which can also kill the vital bacteria.

Even in properly working septic tanks, the use of these products can still pose major health & environmental problems as harsh chemicals still seep into groundwater supplies. As some of these compound are not biodegradable, they remain in the ground contaminating our soil and water for generations.

We recommend the use of eco friendly,  phosphate free, biodegradable, septic tank friendly alternatives to all our customers, not just to septic tank owners.



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