Have you ever wondered where the water goes every time you wash the dishes, do your laundry, brush your teeth, empty the bath, or flush the toilet? Not many stop to think about what happens to the water once they’re done with it.
In some cases, the water leaving your home goes into a septic tank in your backyard where it seeps back into the ground. Another possibility is that it is collected by the sewer system in your area and sent to the nearest treatment plant.
According to the latest statistics from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the water industry in the UK has around 9,000 treatment plants and more than 600,000 kilometres of sewers to manage over 16 billion litres of urban wastewater a day.
Without proper treatment, wastewater could potentially contaminate the environment and cause public health problems. Untreated sewage normally contains chemicals and organic matter. Although these substances are broken down by bacteria in environmental waters, the process involved could lead to lower oxygen levels for fishes and other aquatic creatures to survive on.
Wastewater treatment is not enough to sustain the amount of resources we currently enjoy. Even the disposal of bio-solids and other by-products comes with adverse human and environmental effects. This is due to the fact that micro-pollutants, heavy metals, and other hazardous substances can still be present in sewage sludge.
It is important to stop contaminants from mixing water in the first place. The good news is that there are many ways you can do so. You can start by making the switch to green products, such as our car and caravan cleaners here at 1DryWash. They are guaranteed to be manufactured using only ecologically friendly compounds thus causing zero pollution to the water system.