How can sewage plants be more eco-friendly?

Wastewater is not something that many people enjoy thinking about. It is the water that is released from our sewage system and often we prefer not to hear about it when it comes to creating solutions for it. But sewage plants are not always the most eco-friendly or sustainable operations. And in order to save the environment, this has to change.

There are several new and interesting sewage treatment technologies that are being used to make sewage treatment more sustainable. For example, some companies are looking into using wastewater to fertilise and water plants once it has been treated with the correct sewage treatment chemicals. Some industrial sewage treatment companies are using the water hyacinth to absorb nutrients and to prevent wastewater from seeping into the soil.

Interested in helping the environment? Read on below for some top tips on how your sewage water treatment methods can become more sustainable and eco-friendly.

Assess your pump station

An old sewage pump can cause trouble for your plant, and not only for your energy bill. The old pump might leak and it might not send water out fast enough, which could result in a backlog of old wastewater in your station, which can be hazardous to the health of your workers.

Modern sewage pumps are made to operate at a higher speed and have a diverse range of flows for the plant, making your work easier and more efficient. You should look at all the pumps on your premises and ensure that they are all up-to-date and the same model. If one is operating at a slower pace than the others, you might find a blockage in that area, which could seep into the water and soil in the surrounding area, causing more pollution.

Look at alternative recycling options

You might not think about recycling wastewater, but it can be done effectively. For example, you could look into using plants or water algae to remove the harmful chemicals from the water and use it as greywater to water plants on your property or for cleaning equipment and flushing toilets.

You could install sewage treatment technologies which filter the water, making it usable by industrial companies so they do not tap into potable water sources for their processes. Or you could look into reverse osmosis options from wastewater treatment companies. By recycling the wastewater, you will be saving the environment and not contributing to water pollution. Another alternative is to grow indigenous plants around your station that are able to process the water, thus you will be reusing the water to contribute to indigenous flora. This can improve the soil and diminish the chemical makeup of the water your station is releasing.

Do a water audit

A water audit is something that every major industrial company should do, especially one which works with water on a daily basis. A water audit shows you where any possible leaks could be happening and allows you to fix these so you are not wasting water unnecessarily.

Keep a record of the start of the water audit and repeat one in two months to compare results. If you find that your water consumption has not been reduced by fixing the leaks, you will need to look at your processes and implement some that are not so wasteful. Ask your staff to look out for any dripping taps or toilets that are not flushing correctly and be sure to fix these as soon as possible.

Change your disinfection process

If you are using a chemical disinfection process, you should look at one that instead uses ultraviolet (UV) rays to rid the water of any harmful microorganisms. You will be saving money and you will be limiting the number of chemicals that are being added to the water before it leaves your plant.

UV water treatment is a process whereby wastewater with organic matter in it passes underneath ultraviolet lamps and the microorganisms are neutralised by this light. The process does not add anything to the water but instead easily removes any harmful aspects of it. It is a highly cost-effective way to disinfect the wastewater and it will stop you from adding chlorine to the water, which can be bad for the environment.

Go green to save the blue

By changing some of your operations as a sewage treatment plant, you can have a positive impact on the environment. Start by upgrading any old or broken pumps you might have on the property, as these can slow down processes and cause harmful blockages.

You can look at alternative reuse opportunities and change up your disinfecting process which can save you both money and time. A water audit is essential to ensure that you are not wasting water. If you combine these steps, soon you will see that you are minimising your impact on the environment and contributing to saving the pale blue dot we all live on.