Wastewater is everywhere, from the water running down your shower drain to stormwater runoff from wet roads. This by-product of our modern lifestyle poses an enormous threat to the natural environment if not handled properly.
Advanced wastewater systems treat the water you shower in and drink so it can be repurposed for gardening, toilet flushing, and other uses. This reduces water consumption by up to 50 per cent, making better use of a scarce resource and cutting household bills. Most importantly, it protects the natural environment that we all rely on.
The Impact on Drinking Water
Wastewater is commonly discharged into lakes and rivers which are subsequently used as a source of drinking water. As the global population grows, ensuring a reliable supply of drinking water is crucial for largely barren, drought-prone countries like Australia.
Wastewater makes up a substantial proportion of the base flow in many rivers. When discharged on dry land, wastewater can seep into underground water sources. Effectively treating wastewater before returning them to the environment is thereby crucial for ensuring there is a sufficient amount of raw water available that is safe to drink.
Impact on Natural Ecosystems
Every ecosystem is dependent on water. When water is contaminated by sewage, chemicals or any other waste from human activity, those ecosystems we rely on are put at serious risk. Our natural environments are connected, meaning contaminants can spread further than expected. Contaminants in groundwater can spread to surface water and vice versa.
The most well-known effect wastewater has on marine environments is eutrophication. This describes a process where so many nutrients are dissolved in the water that it stimulates an overgrowth of microscopic plants. In turn, this results in the depletion of oxygen, which is bad for everything else in that ecosystem except anaerobic bacteria.
Another big issue is that some pollutants aren’t present at high enough levels to cause visible damage but can have a subtle impact over time. For example, two US studies found that low concentrations of pharmaceuticals and antibacterial agents in common soaps and detergents changed reproductive and other behaviours in some fish and frogs.
The Importance of Quality Water Treatment
Our unique wildlife and beautiful waterways are part of what makes nature in Australia iconic. Treating wastewater to high standards and monitoring marine environments is essential for protecting our ecosystems and securing our supply of drinking water.
Treating water also allows us to make better use of a precious resource. This is helpful for domestic households who want to reduce their bills but even more crucial for industrial applications. Treated wastewater allows farmers in areas with low rainfall or poor soil to increase their crop yields. It can be used for car washes, power station cooling, ornamental lakes, air conditioning and more.
Water Treatment Solutions in New South Wales
Garden Master provides commercial and domestic water treatment solutions across the Hunter Valley, Central Coast, Sydney and wider NSW. We offer a water treatment system with the latest technology as well as maintenance and support 7 days a week.
To find out more, get in touch with the Garden Master team by calling 1800 480 736 or contact us online.