Why Decentralize Sewage Treatment?

Why Decentralize Sewage Treatment?

Posted on 29 Jan 2013 by Biorock

Why Decentralize Sewage Treatment?

BIOROCK non-electric Sewage Treatment Plant is the solution to low-cost, high-efficiency, and sustainable sewage treatment.

One of the major benefits of a decentralized sewage system like the BIOROCK® is the absence of large and sprawling, expensive infrastructure to fix and maintain. Currently undersized, centralized municipal sewage works and sewage pipelines are failing at an alarming rate all across the country.

“In 2007, sewage was the most common pollutant, found at 15 percent of serious incidents. This is not surprising given that the sewage and water industry caused the most incidents. Also common were waste materials, namely asbestos, household rubbish, and vehicle parts.'

In 2007, the sewage and water industry caused 19% of serious (category 1 and 2) water pollution incidents. Farming, which is often slated by the press for water pollution, occupies over 80% of the UK landmass and is subject to strict controls, causing only 12%.
Water Companies' responsibility is to safeguard our rivers – we pay them for it through our sewage rates. “Between 2004 and 2008, water companies in England and Wales were prosecuted 342 times for serious pollution offenses.” said the E.A. watchdog. “Now Britain faces being fined by the European Union plus spend to avoid future fines!

The Mail Online” By Alex Ward, PUBLISHED: 1 November 2012:

  • The number of serious water pollution incidents has doubled in a year, the Environment Agency showed today.
  • Pollution incidents in the water industry rose from 65 in 2010 to 120 in 2011 and most occurred within the sewer and water network.
  • It comes as the agency awarded more companies than ever the highest ‘A’ rating for their environmental performance.

Pollution peril:

  • An Environment Agency worker treats water in Staffordshire, contaminated with untreated sewage and cyanide as an agency report found serious incidents in the water industry increased, mostly in the sewer and water network
  • Overall serious industrial pollution incidents across all sectors including industry, water, waste, and farming fell slightly to 620 last year.
  • Last year's figure was a 4 percent drop in 2010 and down more than half on the figures for 2000, the latest sustainable business report revealed.
  • Illegal waste sites: The Environment Agency shut down 759 sites last year and improved detection had identified 1,175 illegal sites in England and Wales.
  • In general, pollution such as waste fires and uncontrolled releases from industry or sewage can pose a risk to life, destroy habitats, affect drinking water supplies and prevent people from using and enjoying their local environment, the agency said.
  • They found that overall, the environmental performance of businesses is improving.
  • With more companies than ever being awarded the highest rating, the agency cut regulatory costs for well-run businesses by £15 million last year.
  • Operators who comply fully with permits governing how their site is run paid nearly 70 percent less last year in regulatory fees than those who performed badly.
  • Just 184 of almost 14,000 sites that require a permit to operate have been given the lowest ratings for two years or more, causing problems for neighbors and the community. The most common public complaint about such sites is bad smells.
  • The Environment Agency also said it had shut down 759 illegal waste sites last year.
  • Improved detection by its recently formed specialist illegal waste sites taskforce had identified 1,175 illegal sites in England and Wales and shutting them down is the taskforce's top priority, the agency said.

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