Untreated wastewater is everybody’s problem. You may not know it, but in more ways than one, we are all affected by untreated wastewater dumping. Here are some of the reasons many cities, communities, and companies are investing in wastewater treatment and better management:
Protection from disease-causing bacteria
Without proper and effective wastewater treatment, pathogens can easily contaminate not only streams and rivers, but also the city’s supply of drinking water. Some of the top waterborne diseases include cholera, diarrhoea, malaria, typhoid fever, dysentery, viral gastroenteritis, hepatitis, amoebiasis and giardiasis.
Figures showed that every year, there are 2 billion cases of diarrhoea around the world. Among children below 5 years old, diarrhoea is the second-leading cause of death that accounts for 1.5 million deaths each year.
A wastewater treatment system may include an alternative septic tank that will contain wastewater from households until it becomes ready for use. Companies such as Naturalflow offer solutions to make this concept a reality in your premises and your community.
Protection from chemicals in the water supply
In 2016, the so-called Flint Water Crisis affected more than 100,000 residents in Flint, Michigan, United States. The residents suffered from the water supply that had been tainted by high levels of lead. This naturally occurring metal can get into the water supply through old lead pipes. Lead poisoning affects mostly children and individuals with weak immune system. Having a wastewater treatment facility can help avoid such problems.
Help improve the quality of bodies of water and soil
An effective commercial wastewater treatment improves bodies of water and the quality of the soil. Do you know that gallons of wastewater (untreated) are dumped into the oceans every day? Imagine how the untreated water is polluting all forms of marine life that end up on people’s plates.
Wastewater and contamination are serious problems, which is why you should encourage your community to invest in proper wastewater management to prevent health-related consequences, especially lead poisoning and waterborne diseases.