5 Ways to Dispose of Sewage


As a homeowner, you have likely devoted little thought to the way your sewage system works. However, sewage disposal is an important process and one you would quickly notice if it stopped working properly. How does your home dispose of sewage?

What is Sewage?

Many people confuse sewage with greywater. Sewage is the broken down wastewater coming from your home’s toilets. Greywater is used water that is still fairly clean, such as shower water, sink water, dishwater, and laundry water. Sewage tends toward a “sludgey” consistency and is full of bacteria and microbes from fecal matter and other pollutants.

5 Methods of Sewage Disposal

Your home’s disposal method likely depends on its age, location, and hookups. Following are 5 common methods of sewage disposal.

1. Treatment plants

Municipal sewage systems feed directly into sewage treatment plants. The plants remove the bacteria from the sewage in multiple treatment sessions, removing harmful microbes from the substance.

2. Sewage lagoons

Sewage lagoons are exactly what they sound like. Wastewater flows from the home into a lagoon of standing water. Wind and sunlight allow the right bacteria to grow and subject the sewage to a natural treatment.

3. On-site systems

In an on-site disposal system, wastewater empties into a septic tank, which keeps the sludge and sends the water through a drain. The septic tank must be pumped regularly to ensure the sludge does not accumulate.

4. Off-site systems

An off-site sewage system receives sewage from surrounding homes and buildings and treats the water for bacteria. It then redirects all wastewater to a community “water collection” before dumping extra water into a nearby water source (river, creek, etc.).

5. Full sewage systems

Full sewage systems use blades inside of pipes to separate solid waste from water. Once everything has been reduced, the pipes redirect it to a lagoon or a treatment plant.

Safe Ways to Dispose of Sewage Yourself

Generally speaking, you won’t have to dispose of your own sewage unless you experience a sewage spill. In the event of a sewage spill (which occurs when a pipe or tank bursts), you can dispose of your sewage the following ways.

Shop vac

Use an outdoor shop vac to suck up small sewage spills. Then, move the sewage into heavy-duty garbage bags and dispose of it in a dumpster.

Garden lime

Garden lime is a rock powder that can soak up small sewage spills. Once the powder absorbs the moisture, you can shovel the sewage into a trash bag and dumpster.

Professional cleanup

We do not recommend trying to dispose of large amounts of sewage on your own. Instead, call a professional to help you clean up and to locate the source of your problem.

Norway Septic Inc. is a service-oriented company dedicated to providing excellent septic tank cleaning and septic tank pumping services to homeowners and business owners in the Michiana area. We take pride in doing the job that others leave behind. If you need a new effluent filter or if you would like to schedule a septic tank cleaning by one of our professionals, call us today.

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