Did you know that wastewater treatment is one of the most important aspects of environmental protection? A wastewater treatment system helps keep our water clean and safe, and it also helps protect the environment. A wastewater treatment system receives, stores, treats and disposes of waste water from toilets, sinks, washing machines, baths and all other domestic water-using appliances. When we talk about a wastewater treatment system, we usually refer to not only a septic tank, but accompanying pipes, drains, percolation areas and fittings which ensure that the water is treated and discharged correctly. Many modern builds have their own wastewater treatment system somewhere on their property.

There are many benefits to having a modern wastewater treatment system.

1. Rids Potential Diseases

Wastewater treatment systems eliminate disease-causing bacteria and kill harmful organisms. It filters out such contaminants before the wastewater leaves the tank and enters the ground. This filtering process prevents diseases from entering water sources or reaching plants and farm animals, helping to protect the environment.

2. Low-Cost

Wastewater systems can last for up to 15 years if they are maintained correctly. They provide a very cost-effective solution for treating water and keeping unwanted bacteria at bay. There are many grants and other forms of financial assistance available now to help you with the cost of purchasing and/or maintaining a domestic wastewater system.

3. Minimal Odour Emissions

In comparison to earlier systems, modern waste water systems radiate minimal odours. Odour emissions often put people off investing in a septic tank or similar system because they could not stand the odours it could often protrude. With modern systems, once they are cared for correctly, odours are not an issue.

4. No Water Bills

Water charges are an unfortunate reality in many countries in today’s world. If you have your own wastewater system on your property, you do not have to worry about water bills. Pumping water into the system costs very little too, so you certainly save on costs in this regard.

5. Little Maintenance

Modern wastewater systems require very little maintenance and last much longer than the older models. Depending on usage, a septic tank might need de-sludging every 1 to 2 years or so, with maintenance inspections conducted only every 2 to 3 years. You can conduct your own inspections in between by checking for some tell-tale signs of problems.

6. Break Down Solids Faster 

Most modern wastewater systems are aerobic systems which have the ability to break down solids much faster than older systems. Therefore blockages become less of an issue, de-sludging is required less frequently and less solids contaminate the groundwater and drainage field.

7. Less Wasteful

Modern day septic tanks do not waste water as much as main lines. There is no excess of waste water having to be treated for just one use of the toilet or one load of laundry. The water used is returned directly to the earth and filtered naturally.


Having a properly functioning wastewater treatment system is extremely important because this can prevent the spread of disease, protect the environment and ultimately save you money in the long run. Additionally, investing in a wastewater system has become more feasible in modern times and developments in technology allow modern systems to be more eco-friendly, economical and easier to maintain in comparison to previous models. The 7 benefits listed above are just some of the many reasons why investing in a wastewater system can prove a very effective and smart decision for your home.

At Carlow Concrete Tanks we are highly experienced in the treatment and maintenance of wastewater systems. For any queries or concerns related to your domestic wastewater system  get in touch with us today or give us a call at  +353 (0) 59 9159100  for your free quote.

Originally Posted 21st August 2014