Why Does Your Miami-Dade County Home Need an Advanced Treatment System?

Flushing the toilet is an everyday luxury that seems timeless today. Oddly enough, it’s not been widely available for that long. While the first flush toilet was patented in 1775, over a third of homes in the U.S. lacked one in 1940. Thankfully, the development of plumbing codes, changes in public expectation, and technological advances have combined to ensure that practically every home now has hot and cold running water and a full bath. For many Miami-Dade County homes, wastewater can be handled by either a public sewer system or a standard residential septic system. When these options aren’t up to the job, an advanced treatment system offers a solution.

Solving the Septic Puzzle

Every household needs a safe way to handle the wastewater it produces. For those within city or town limits, this generally involves hooking into the municipality’s sewer system. When your property is beyond the service borders, you’ll need to invest in a septic system, which is a private wastewater treatment system.

Both public sewer systems and private septic systems serve the same purpose. They’re designed to clean wastewater and prevent contaminants from reaching the groundwater. 

Exploring the Advanced Option

For some properties, a traditional residential septic system is enough. However, this type of system will need to be improved at other homes for various reasons. In these situations, working with a civil engineer familiar with advanced treatment systems can be the perfect choice. An advanced treatment system is a sophisticated septic system that is specifically designed to generate an oxygen-rich environment that will fuel the decomposition of septic solids.

The clever design of advanced treatment systems helps prevent an overload of unoxygenated bacteria and waste, which is the top cause of septic system failure. It also offers several other benefits:

  • Customizable: There are several types of advanced treatment systems, and they’re highly customizable. With a mix of possibilities, civil engineers can create a system that fits your needs.
  • Efficient: By decreasing the total suspended solids and lowering the biological oxygen demand, these systems operate efficiently. They also extend the life of drain fields.
  • Environmentally friendly: An advanced treatment system treats wastewater with extra thoroughness. As a result, its release is more environmentally friendly. That’s why these systems are often required in sensitive areas.
  • Healthy: These systems remove more pathogens and worrisome compounds from treated wastewater, so they can help keep your environment healthier.

Tailoring an Advanced Treatment System

Civil engineers excel at delivering custom solutions to unique problems. Advanced treatment systems provide many opportunities for molding when designed by an experienced professional who knows both the ins and outs of these systems and Florida’s distinctive geological conditions. There are several types of advanced treatment systems:

  • Fixed film systems: These systems use a medium to hold a biomass film to assist in the breakdown of organic matter. Their defining characteristic is the presence of a film that spends time in air and wastewater. Some systems move the film. Others move the wastewater.
  • Sequencing batch reactor systems: Great for small spaces, sequencing batch reactor systems will intermittently bubble air through their tanks. This pushes waste through cycles of aerobic decomposition, anaerobic decomposition, and settling.
  • Suspended growth systems: Aeration in growth chambers feeds bacteria, encouraging the breakdown of waste. Meanwhile, a separate settling chamber lets bacteria escape from treated wastewater and return to the aeration chamber.

At DKK Consulting Incorporated, we recognize that a well-designed septic system and drain field can provide years of reliable service. With a wide range of quality services, our team is ready to assist you in finding the right system for your Miami-Dade County property. Whether it’s a traditional residential septic system or an advanced treatment system, we have the expertise to do the job correctly. Reach out to DKK Consulting Incorporated today to learn more.