Saving the earth, one septic tank at a time

For any living creature on the planet, its habitat is where it seeks food, shelter and protection. This is true for humans too. The difference between humans and most other species on Earth is our propensity towards wilful destruction of habitats. Whether in the name of development or through unsustainable economic practises or simply through negligent management of hazardous material and even household waste, humans have been responsible for some truly devastating environmental chaos.

Loss of habitat for any species is not simply losing their homes. It has a major impact on continued existence for that species. And it has tremendous impact on our immediate biodiversity. Habitat loss is also a threat for continued life on Earth itself. With trees and plants making way for bridges and buildings, birds and insects either die off or leave, affecting ongoing pollination, thus further reducing new life. A minimal loss of biodiversity can be attributed to natural, evolutionary factors. The rate at which manmade interventions have been affecting the planet for the past several decades though can spell disaster for us too.

Increasing human populations leading to the need for human dwellings and land for growing food is one of the major historical causes of deforestation globally. This has resulted in habitat destruction and fragmentation for a vast number of species. Allied to our growing population is our modern, ultra-efficient mechanised food production system. Agricultural farmlands have taken over vast swathes of forested areas around the world. Pesticides and other chemicals used in the farming process have reduced fertility levels of soil while also polluting water bodies with chemical run-off. Monocultures and GMO foods have taken over native plants and foods, further affecting ecosystems everywhere. Use of fossil fuels and energy-intensive, consumptive lifestyles have worsened the impact of climate change, affecting plant and animal life all over the world. We have less than 12 years left to minimise the threat climate change can cause to continued life on Earth.

Habitat destruction needs large-scale, coordinated action at all levels – individual and collective – to ensure we can co-exist with nature. We need to engage with civic bodies and governments to ensure regulations serve Earth first and that they are enforced. We need corporates to implement green practises. We need to change our food production system to a more sustainable and compassionate one. But like pretty much everything else, change has to begin at home first. In the context of this post, that change can begin with your septic tank.

Septic tank? What does my septic tank have to do with habitat loss around the world?

Plenty. For starters, an improperly maintained septic tank – especially when it is subjected to chemicals – will not be able to degrade waste as quickly or effectively. This leads to accumulation of scum and waste, resulting in foul odours. If your septic tank isn’t working the way it should, it causes gradual build-up of sludge which will eventually leach out into the surrounding soil. This run-off of untreated or partially treated sewage is rife with harmful bacteria and pathogens, that can affect your health and also that of animal and plant life in the vicinity. Over time, this waste will also find its way into groundwater, further harming the habitat. Apart from the foul odour and the aesthetic blight that untreated sewage is, it is also a carrier of many illnesses that can even prove fatal.

Keeping your septic tank safe and healthy is vital in ensuring you keep your immediate environment safe and healthy too. Bioclean Septic can give your septic tank the TLC it needs to ensure it can keep performing its job at peak levels always. Bioclean Septic helps maintain the balance of microbes within your septic tank. The microbes in Bioclean Septic ensure that the the septic tank degrades waste effectively, naturally and efficiently. Bioclean Septic can also counter the ill-effects of sustained exposure to chemicals from household cleaning products. Regular use of Bioclean Septic also reduces the need for pump-outs and physical waste removal from your septic tank, thus reducing human exposure to toxic gases otherwise present in the tank.

Bioclean Septic is a technological revolution when it comes to keeping septic tanks healthy. But even superheroes need help sometimes. Your septic tank will perform better if you follow a few basic practises. Conserve water – don’t overload your septic tank with water so it can work more efficiently. Flush responsibly – septic tanks are built to degrade organic waste only, not chemicals or plastic or grease. Use safe cleaning products – your chemical-based cleaning products inevitably get flushed into the septic tank affecting its natural microflora. Maintain often – ensure the area around your septic tank is free of tree roots that could puncture the tank. Clean regularly – while Bioclean Septic will reduce the cleaning and pumping your septic tank needs, it won’t bring it down to zero.

Untreated waste is a critical threat to public health and also to the environment. Using your septic tank responsibly will ensure you are part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Post by Ankita Goyal