A septic tank system is like a small-scale wastewater treatment plant that handles household solid and liquid waste flushed down the toilet and washroom. Bacteria play the all-important function of degrading organic solid waste in the tank. Thus, the right balance of healthy bacteria is essential for maximum system efficiency.
However, extensive use of various household chemicals disturbs the microbe ecosystem, leading to sludge-build up. Moreover, you run the risk of septic tank malfunction and associated issues such as solid waste accumulation, clogged pipes, bad odour and even groundwater contamination. It is, therefore, necessary to increase and maintain the safe and good bacterial population in the septic system. Adding bacteria to the septic tank can help achieve this objective.
Not only is composting great for your plants, it is also awesome for our planet. Instead of discarding organic waste, you can actually use it to grow life. And if you’ve always wanted to compost and didn’t know where to start, we have everything you need to know.
Solid waste management is fast becoming an urban crisis in cities all across India. Managing this will require individuals to also support civic bodies and be conscious of the waste they generate. An ideal start would be waste segregation and for all housing societies to start composting organic waste.
Often, we become aware of some of the most important things in life only when they misbehave or stop working. Like our septic tanks. We don’t even think about them till something starts to smell rotten. It is better instead to learn about septic tanks so you can ensure they stay working well.
Sanitation is crucially interlinked with health and nutrition in more ways than one may immediately realise. In India alone, the lethal effects of the link between inadequate sanitation and ill-health is visible in some very dismal numbers, especially in the health of India’s children.
There isn’t enough conversation about septic tanks in our regular day-to-day lives. As a consequence, we don’t know enough about septic tanks. What do they do and how do they work and how do we maintain them? These are all questions everybody should know the answers too.
A septic tank is an essential first step in the efficient and effective means of treating wastewater generated in every one of our homes and offices. But it is not a catch-all for all kinds of household waste. Keep your septic tank safe to keep the environment safe.
Poor sanitation, lack of access to clean water, and inadequate personal hygiene are responsible for an estimated 88% of childhood diarrhea in India. Taking action to improve health requires understanding the factors that influence exposure to faecal pathogens and the various pathways in which they are exposed to human beings.
It is crucial to examine what goes into our waste water, and know and understand where it goes once it leaves our home. It is time to start examining what we put in our cleaning products and how toxic the waste water we create is. Because the health of our waterways, oceans and all the living beings depends on it.
Air pollution in India has been at drastic levels for a while now. The Government has been taking baby steps to counter this. But this is not enough. We need urgent and immediate measures to reverse this and as with everything else, change happens at an individual level.