Answers to Your Questions About a Domestic Sewage Treatment Plant

Connecting your home to a city sewer system is not the only option you have for your property. A septic tank or domestic sewage treatment plant can be installed on your property instead. Note a few questions you might have about a domestic sewage treatment plant and then you can determine if this is the right choice for your property.

1. What is a domestic sewage treatment plant?

This system works just like a city sewage treatment system, except that it's much smaller and is installed on your property. The domestic treatment system filters out waste from your home's drains and toilets and treats this waste so it breaks down more readily and so that the water is cleaner after it leaves your home.

2. How is a domestic sewage treatment system different than a septic tank?

When you have a septic tank installed, the water from your home's drains and toilets will flow through pipes and filters, and the septic tank will collect solid materials that settle to the bottom of the tank. Liquids are then run to a disposal bed. 

However, a domestic sewage treatment plant can be more involved, in that the water that is filtered after it leaves your home can be directed to irrigate your lawn and garden rather than just running through a tank and into a disposal area. The filtration system may be stronger so that the water is cleaner and even disinfected, but it means using less fresh water for watering the lawn and outside areas.

3. What if property is very hilly or sloped?

A domestic sewage treatment plant is not just a set of pipes and filters that flow into a tank, but they can be outfitted with pumps that help to direct water and sewage through those pipes. If your home is on a slope or hill and you're concerned about how you would have such a domestic system installed, ask about these pumps. They may be powerful enough for your property no matter the grade or slope

4. Do domestic plants need to be serviced?

Even though they work differently than septic tanks, these plants do need regular servicing and maintenance, and there are usually local laws that determine how often this needs to be done. This is to ensure the filters are in good working order and that they get replaced or repaired as needed, so the water leaving your home and irrigating your lawn is clean. As with a septic system, the pipes of a domestic plant can also become clogged or damaged, so regular inspection is needed to ensure they're in good repair.