The Benefits of a Modern Wastewater Treatment System

Did you know that wastewater treatment is one of the most important aspects of environmental protection? A wastewater treatment system helps keep our water clean and safe, and it also helps protect the environment. A wastewater treatment system receives, stores, treats and disposes of waste water from toilets, sinks, washing machines, baths and all other domestic water-using appliances. When we talk about a wastewater treatment system, we usually refer to not only a septic tank, but accompanying pipes, drains, percolation areas and fittings which ensure that the water is treated and discharged correctly. Many modern builds have their own wastewater treatment system somewhere on their property. There are many benefits to having a modern wastewater treatment system. 1. Rids Potential Diseases Wastewater treatment systems eliminate disease-causing bacteria and kill harmful organisms. It filters out such contaminants before the wastewater leaves the tank and enters the ground. This filtering process prevents diseases from entering water sources or reaching plants and farm animals, helping to protect the environment. 2. Low-Cost Wastewater systems can last for up to 15 years if they are maintained correctly. They provide a very cost-effective solution for treating water and keeping unwanted bacteria at bay. There are many grants and other forms of financial assistance available now to help you with the cost of purchasing and/or maintaining a domestic wastewater system. 3. Minimal Odour Emissions In comparison to earlier systems, modern waste water systems radiate minimal odours. Odour emissions often put people off investing in a septic tank or similar system because they could not stand the odours it could often protrude. With modern systems, once they are cared for correctly, odours are not an issue. 4. No Water Bills Water charges are an unfortunate reality in many countries in today’s world. If you have your own wastewater system on your property, you do not have to worry about water bills. Pumping water into the system costs very little too, so you certainly save on costs in this regard. 5. Little Maintenance Modern wastewater systems require very little maintenance and last much longer than the older models. Depending on usage, a septic tank might need de-sludging every 1 to 2 years or so, with maintenance inspections conducted only every 2 to 3 years. You can conduct your own inspections in between by checking for some tell-tale signs of problems. 6. Break Down Solids Faster  Most modern wastewater systems are aerobic systems which have the Read More

THE HUGE IMPORTANCE OF WATER TREATMENT

Water is the basic resource for guaranteeing the life of all living beings on this planet. Access to water, sanitation, and hygiene is a fundamental right. However, billions of people throughout the world are battling daily against enormous difficulties accessing the most basic services. THE PROBLEMS WITH CONTAMINATED WATER. Without water, life as we know it would not exist. All living beings from humans -animals – plants-bacteria require clean water to survive. Of the planet’s total water reserves, only 2.5% is fresh water  – and of this, only 0.4% is fit for human consumption. The world water council estimates 1.1 billion people lack access to safe water due to environmental pollution caused by sewage & industrial. The increasing availability of quality drinking water is an important problem affecting every country. It is estimated that at least 1 out of every 4 people will be affected by water scarcity by 2050. Water scarcity will continue to increase due in part to global warming and desertification. Humans are the main cause of all water pollution. More than 80% of the wastewater resulting from human activity is dumped in rivers or the sea without any kind of water treatment, producing contamination. WHAT IS WASTEWATER AND WHAT DOES THE TREATMENT OF IT ENTAIL? Wastewater is any form of water that has been contaminated by a commercial or domestic process. This includes water resulting from sewage and large-scale industries such as construction, mining, and manufacturing. Wastewater treatment is a process that removes harmful contaminants producing an effluent that can be returned to the water cycle with minimal environmental issues. Given its importance, more and more governments are finally realizing that they need to take actionable steps to improve and better regulate their wastewater treatment processes. In Canada, there are mandatory minimum requirements for effluent quality established under the fisheries act (https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-2012-139/FullText.html). HOW DO WE SOLVE THE WATER PROBLEM? Water treatment is increasingly necessary due to environmental pollution and the growing needs of the global population.We must conserve and protect the limited freshwater reserves available to ensure the health and safety of all living beings. Both education and regulation can be utilized to ensure that water treatment is consistently utilized to eliminate and/or reduce the contamination present in water. This can consist of many different processes including but not limited: Physical Methods such as sand or screen filtration can physically remove contaminants. Chemical – Coagulation/flocculation, ion-exchange, & neutralization can be used to react with and remove contaminants. Biological – Utilization of small Read More

The Importance of Saving Water

Water is necessary for the sustenance of human life. While the supply seems abundant, water is not a limitless resource, particularly the fresh potable water most necessary to human survival. Without conservation efforts, this vital supply of water may be exhausted. Conservation carries economic benefits as well, as energy and equipment are also conserved as a direct result of water preservation efforts. Preservation of Farming Particularly in California’s Central Valley, increased urbanization has resulted in the draining of precious aquifers and surface water supplies from rural farmland. As in other areas of the country, the Central Valley is an important provider of food crops for the state and the nation, and increased water demand in cities has reduced the supply for the very food needed to sustain these cities. The United States Geological Survey reports that the Tulare Valley, the hottest and driest part of California’s Central Valley, continues to show declines in groundwater levels and the related groundwater storage. Environmental Factors The vast majority of life on Earth is at least indirectly tied to the supply of water. Conservation protects the balance of life on Earth, which would be upset by a reduction in the water supply. Overuse of water threatens other life forms which help sustain us. For example, the United States Bureau of Reclamation reports that, during the past 100 years, some 21 species of fish have become extinct in the 17 Western states in part due to the alteration of habitat. Some of this habitat change is due to the expansion of human populations, and the same population increase has also increased the demand for water from these areas. Personal Cost Water is not processed and delivered to your doorstep for free. Every time you use water, your local utility charges you a fee. The greater the demand for water, the greater the price you will be charged. By conserving water, you will save money both in terms of the quantity used and the price per unit. Energy Consumption Over-consumption of water leads to the over-consumption of another non-renewable resource, energy. Water in your home must be heated for a number of uses, such as cleaning and bathing, and this takes energy. Additionally, your local water utility must use energy to process and deliver water to your home, so the over-consumption of water requires more energy out of the utility company as well. Infrastructure and Technology Read More

Why You Need To Conserve Water, And Its Advantages

Water Conservation Tips Water is a scarce commodity, and the sooner we realize this fact the better it will be for the existence of mankind. You should not be surprised to note that of the total water available in the world, just 3% is fresh, and only about 1% of freshwater is deemed fit for human consumption. The remaining water is either frozen, or is too deep down in the earth to be available for human usage. Also, with no slowing in the growth of the world population, water is a limited resource that is quickly getting depleted. Moreover, with the increasing human usage of water, there is not much left for the upkeep of the environment, a big reason to worry about. It is therefore imperative that we use water prudently, so that the generations to come don’t have much of a problem to face, and we can save the ecosystem as well. Have you ever given second thought what you stand to lose if you keep using water excessively? The effects of wasting water Excessive usage of water can have far reaching consequences. In the next 50 years, according to a report of the World Waters Council, the human population is on course to a growth of about 40 – 50%, and this is going to put additional burden on the already depleting water resources. Yes, we are talking about potable, fresh water, which is required for the sustenance of human beings on this planet earth. Ways to conserve water If there is shortage of fresh water it can lead to widespread destruction, a scary scenario to contemplate. Here are some of the major areas where water is substantially wasted: Raising livestock and farming – Isn’t it astonishing to note that 75% of the total consumption of water goes into raising the livestock and farming? All over the world, people are consuming meat in excess, when compare to the amount of meat we as a species previously ate. Consider this, producing one kilogram of wheat takes about 15 times less water than what it takes to get one kilogram of beef. With the world population skyrocketing, the figures are mind boggling to say the least. We can lower the consumption of water being wasted on the rearing of livestock by shifting to vegetarian meals. The amount of water we would be able to save is staggering. Industrial usage – Water Read More

Benefits of Water Conservation

Why We Should Care About Saving Water Since 71% of the earth is covered in water, some people can’t help but wonder: Why should we conserve? Here are a few important facts about water on this planet from the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation: Ninety-seven percent of all water on the earth is salt water, which is not suitable for drinking. Only 3% of water on Earth is fresh water, and only 0.5% is available for drinking. The other 2.5% of fresh water is locked in ice caps, glaciers, the atmosphere, soil, or under the earth’s surface, or is too polluted for consumption. With growing population rates and such a small percentage of all the water on Earth fit for consumption, it only makes sense that we must preserve and conserve this precious resource.  Water conservation means using our limited water supply wisely and caring for it properly. Since each of us depends on water to sustain life, it is our responsibility to learn more about water conservation and how we can help keep our sources pure and safe for generations to come. In other words, water conservation is not a job that is reserved for scientists, hydrologists, foresters, wildlife managers, city planners, farmers, or mine owners. Instead, it is up to each and every one of us to conserve water. Reasons to Conserve Water Below are some of the main reasons it is important to conserve water. It minimizes the effects of drought and water shortages. Even though our need for fresh water sources is always increasing because of population and industry growth, the supply we have stays constant. Even though water eventually returns to Earth through the water cycle, it’s not always returned to the same spot, or in the same quantity and quality. By reducing the amount of water we use, we can better protect against future drought years. It guards against rising costs and political conflict. Failing to conserve water can eventually lead to a lack of an adequate water supply, which can have drastic consequences. These include rising costs, reduced food supplies, health hazards, and political conflict. It helps to preserve our environment. Reducing our water usages reduces the energy required to process and deliver it to homes, businesses, farms, and communities, which, in turn, helps to reduce pollution and conserve fuel resources. It makes water available for recreational purposes. It’s not just swimming pools, spas, and golf courses that we have to Read More

8 ways to conserve water at Home

Long showers feel great, but with every minute you spend pampering yourself, your wallet, and the environmental struggle. Along with saving money on your monthly bills, water conservation is critical for your community. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, it’s likely that at least 40 states will experience water shortages by 2024 Follow these tips for how to save water at home: 1. Be mindful of running water. Don’t keep the faucet running the entire time you’re brushing your teeth or washing your hands. You may have heard this one before, but it’s easy to lazily run the faucet instead of turning it off while scrubbing and then turning the tap back on when you’re ready to rinse. Similarly, avoid luxuriously long showers. Try to limit shower time to 10 to 15 minutes maximum to prevent wasting excess gallons of water. 2. Fix leaks as soon as possible. Look out for leaky faucets, dripping water from shower heads, rusting pipes, and signs of water damage. Locate the source of the leak, and fix it immediately to avoid wasting more water. 3. Don’t let the toilet run. If you notice that your toilet is constantly running, try replacing the flapper. Simply shut off the water to the toilet, and flush to drain the tank. Unhook the old flapper from the base of the tank and chain, and then replace it with the new one. Turn the water back on, and you’re all set. If that doesn’t work, it may be time to buy a new toilet. Look for an energy-efficient model, and follow these steps to remove the old unit and install the new one. 4. Wash full loads only. Make sure the dishwasher and washing machine are full before you run them. If you have a unit with energy-saving settings for light washes and smaller loads, take advantage of them. When it’s time to invest in a new machine, look for water-saving models with the settings that allow you to adjust to load size. 5. Use a compost bin. In-sink garbage disposal needs a lot of water to work efficiently, so opt for a compost bin instead. It’s healthier for the environment while reducing water waste and increasing the energy efficiency of your home. 6. Insulate pipes. Be sure to insulate exposed pipes around the house, especially in the attic and basement. When they’re not insulated, it takes longer for water to heat Read More

10 Ways to Save Water at Home

Our local leaders are facing the pressing question of how to ensure a clean, reliable water supply with strains from population growth, booming development, and global warming. Many communities are already enforcing water restrictions. There are a few simple things you can do at home to ease the burden on your local water supply and save money in the process. Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth. Only run the washing machine and dishwasher when you have a full load. Use a low flow shower head and faucet aerators. Fix leaks. Install a dual flush or low flow toilet or put a conversion kit on your existing toilet. Don’t overwater your lawn or water during peak periods, and install rain sensors on irrigation systems. Install a rain barrel for outdoor watering. Plant a rain garden for catching stormwater runoff from your roof, driveway, and other hard surfaces. Monitor your water usage on your water bill and ask your local government about a home water audit. Share your knowledge about saving water through conservation and efficiency with your neighbors. These water-saving measures can have a big impact on water demand in local communities. While saving money, you also have the opportunity to get involved in your local community, protect the water in your local waterways so you can continue to enjoy their recreational benefits, and get to know your home and family with a few do-it-yourself projects. Did you know? 30 to 60% of domestic drinking water is used to water yards and gardens, and often large portions are wasted by over-watering, evaporation, and misdirected sprinklers that water sidewalks and driveways. The average U.S. per capita water use is 170 gallons per day (gpd). In Australia, it is 36 GDP. Thanks to water efficiency, Australia uses far less water, but still enjoys the same high quality of life. If Metro Atlanta embraced water efficiency solutions they could save up to $700 million and between 130 and 210 million gallons a day – that’s up to one-third of their current water supply.

20 Free Sand and Water Textures for the Summer

Summer time means a lot of things. Pool parties, barbeques, hot weather, no school, vacations. Everyone’s favorite spot to get away from the heat is almost universally the beach. Sadly, it’s not always possible to make the trip for some much needed rest and relaxation. If you’re stuck at home, I want to help. This roundup contains 20 free sand and water textures so you can at least pretend you’re walking barefoot on the beach. *Some textures may require attribution, so make sure you check out the licensing for each photo carefully. Free Sand Textures 1. Sand and shells by Andre Mouraux 2. Seamless desert sand texture by hhh316 3. Course Sand Texture by versageek 4. Beach sand closeup by Asisbiz.com 5. Tiled Sand Texture by xxdigipxx 6. Sand texture by Bgfons.com (Link removed for potential malware) 7. HDR beach sand texture by Vincent 8. Sand texture by Zephroth 9. Sand texture by Marshall Clark 10. Yellow sand texture by Public-domain-image.com Free Water Textures 1. Swimming Pool Pattern #2 by Lee Coursey 2. Water 041 by chrstphre campbell 3. Water ripples texture by Juan Tello 4. Water Beauty Texture by EvilHateYouAllStock 5. Water texture by GRANNYSATTICSTOCK 6. Perfect Water by bean-stock 7. Sea texture by Dristals 8. Sea texture by Lnk.Si 9. Water surface by Rupert Ganzer 10. Water texture by Geeart.com If that doesn’t make you want to drop everything and get out of the house, then you might have a design addiction like me. This guest post was written by Nick Sailor, a freelance blogger, copywriter, and content manager. He’s also a part of the TemplateMonster team. If you’re not familiar with TemplateMonster, they’ve got a ridiculous assortment of templates and themes for WordPress, Drupal, and a whole lot more.

10 design tips for water conservation

With water becoming a scarce natural resource across our country, water conservation has become a driving design force in the landscape industry. There are many benefits, both for us and our society, that can be seen by adopting water-wise practices in residential and commercial landscapes. Water conservation not only preserves this precious resource but also helps prevent water pollution to our local water supplies. As a landscape architect, these principles are used in my designs to be mindful of our common goal: responsible stewardship of the land. Water conservation can be defined as the practice of using and managing water and water sources efficiently to reduce unnecessary water usage and evaporation. With that in mind, there are many strategies that landscape architects and designers can adopt to further water conservation in their projects. Let’s explore a few of them: 1. Limit turf area: Since turf areas are one of the biggest culprits in the water wars, reducing those areas will improve conservation significantly. Many homeowners still demand large turf areas, so education should be the first goal in communicating with those customers. Designers should also try to incorporate turf only in areas where dogs and kids will need it. Plan to naturalize the rest of your landscape and let these less demanding landscapes dominate your design. If you must use turf, choose wisely. Fescue turf tends to use an enormous amount of water to keep it lush and green as opposed to other turfgrass varieties. If your customer cannot live without turf, then move to a turf variety that requires less water such as Bermuda or zoysia. 2. Improve soils: Amend soils generously with rich organic material when planting. Organic soil amendments can include peat moss, wood chips, grass clippings, straw or manure. There are commercial soil amendment products that encourage water retention. These amendments will allow a broader root system on the plants. Better soils allow more natural aeration, drainage and natural water holding capacity of the soil. Amendments also encourage the water’s ability to be infiltrated into the ground and prevent runoff. For the designer, adding a specification detailing your suggested soil mix to your plans would be helpful for landscapers to follow when implementing your designs. 3. Mulch all planting beds with a water-retaining mulch: Mulch forms a protective layer between the plant’s roots and the air, encouraging water retention. Most forms of mulch such as shredded Read More

BASIC TIPS FOR DESIGNING EFFICIENT IRRIGATION SYSTEMS

INTRODUCTION Freshwater resources are becoming scarce due to population increase and associated increases in water, food, and energy demands. The state of Florida alone is projected to add 6 million people by 2030 (Rayer and Wang 2017). Moreover, extreme weather events (e.g., floods and droughts) are becoming common phenomena. Therefore, as freshwater resources become increasingly scarce and droughts become more frequent, there is a need for efficient use of water resources. There have been significant advancements in irrigation technologies (e.g., electric valves, smart controllers, soil moisture sensors, etc.) that can allow water savings (Dukes 2012). However, the effectiveness of these technologies depends on several factors such as the design of the irrigation system. Designing efficient irrigation systems and equipment will not only save money but also conserve water. FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN DESIGNING IRRIGATION SYSTEMS This document provides a basic overview of the major factors to consider when designing irrigation systems and choosing irrigation equipment. Figure 1 presents a few of the major factors that affect design of irrigation systems. WATER SOURCE Total freshwater withdrawal in Florida across all uses is 6.4 billion gallons per day. Almost two-thirds of this is from groundwater, while the rest is from surface water (Marella 2015). Almost 40 percent of freshwater withdrawal is accounted for by agricultural use, while 36 percent is for public supply. The remaining 24 percent of freshwater withdrawals goes to other uses such as power generation, recreational-landscape irrigation, commercial-industrial mining, and domestic self-supplied uses. Freshwater withdrawal in Florida follows the population density and the intensity of irrigated croplands. Freshwater withdrawal is the highest in Palm Beach county (more than 1 billion gallons per day). Knowing the quality and available quantity of the irrigation water source is critical. Water sources could be from reclaimed water, surface water, or groundwater. Depending on the water source used, the amount of water available and the equipment needed to deliver the water will differ. Water allocations for irrigation could be subject to local ordinance, depending on several factors. FIELD CHARACTERISTICS Field characteristics (i.e., field size, land slope, soil type) could affect the choice of the irrigation system, necessary irrigation equipment (e.g., pump), and plant types. FIELD SIZE Field size (acreage) affects the maximum number of plants that can be planted and, as a result, total irrigation requirement. The maximum area that can be irrigated at any given time should be determined based on the availability Read More