We often hear about urbanization globally. More and more people are moving to the city. At the same time there are many people moving out of the city looking for a quieter and slower pace of life. People looking for quiet green countryside, friendly neighborhoods, and pristine lakes, streams, and rivers. While these words conjure images of a Norman Rockwell existence the reality is that a number of households in many small and rural communities in the U.S. lack adequate facilities for the proper collection, treatment, and disposal of wastewater not only protecting their quality of life but their health as well.
The average home in the US uses 75 to 100 gallons of water per person per day. When people “use” water it doesn’t go away; it becomes dirty and is wastewater or sewage. We typically don’t even think about where our wastewater might go once it’s gone. Out of sight out of mind, Right? The reality is that that waste often wreaks havoc on our greater ecosystem if not disposed of properly. Wastewater contains pathogens (disease organisms), nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, etc.), solids (organic, inorganic), chemicals (from cleaners, disinfectants, medications) and water. Our poor environment can be decimated by all that we put into it. As individuals and members of a larger community, everyone must take responsibility for wastewater generated in their community. We need to start looking a new and improved ways of taking care of this unglamorous but highly important aspect of daily life.
To ensure ideal and most appropriate technology for the community, leadership must have clear goals and specific criteria during the decision process. The wastewater treatment solution that is chosen must provide the community with effective and manageable wastewater treatment at a reasonable and viable cost.
It’s important to remember that no two communities will have the same criteria, location or soil conditions, so looking at packaged systems can be the most beneficial and easiest option. Packaged plants like the scalable and customizable packaged treatment plants manufactured by Active Water Solutions can be very effective in alleviating the treatment challenges rural communities face. The AWS packaged treatment plants can be an easier more plug and play option for those looking to keep costs at a minimum and avoiding major infrastructure debt. The AWS systems can serve communities of 100 residents to 1,500 residents with minimal service and operations cost over the lifetime of the product.
Engaging all of the members of the community early in the decision-making process leads to the best solutions and encourages responsibility. Finding appropriate technological solutions to a community’s wastewater problems is the easy part because of technologies like the AWS packaged wastewater treatment solutions. Working together as a community can ultimately be the biggest challenge to overcome.
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