Vacuum ExcavationWhere Is The Waste From Blocked Sewers Disposed Of?

29 July 2019by support

Do you have a blocked or clogged sewer? Do you know the best way to clean them and get rid of the smell? Where does the waste get disposed of? Please read below to learn the answers to these questions.

Blocked sewers are not a pleasant problem to have. Not only is the smell terrible, but it can also pose a number of health issues.

If your sewers become blocked or clogged then you will need to call in a professional company to unblock them, either with jets or using a hydro vacuum system

Hydro vacuums are used to suck up large amounts of waste, which can be sludge or slime from building sites, overflowing cesspits or drains, or blocked sewers. 

The Importance of Good Waste Handling

It is important that any waste which is collected from a sewer is transported and handled appropriately. Sewage is, by its very definition, unsanitary. It must be transported and disposed of by a company that is qualified to do so. 

If sewage leaks out onto a road or pavement it could present a health hazard, and the problem could be even more severe if it were allowed to contaminate the local water supply.

The Australian Department of Health lays out several ways of treating sewage that is considered to be acceptable and safe. 

Waste that is taken from a septic tank can be transported in sealed containers and then disposed of in a landfill, as long as it is downwind.

It must also be away from water supplies, and away from any other communal areas such as children’s play areas. Liquid sewage, however, may need more careful handling.

Dewatering Solutions for Sewage

There are many companies that offer dewatering solutions for sewage. This can be useful if you have a lot of waste to remove and you want to reduce the volume since treatment and disposal sites often charge by volume. 

Sludge dewatering is performed using a belt press to squeeze the water out, so the water can be treated separately, while the waste can be buried or disposed of elsewhere.

Sealed tankers that have a high capacity and powerful pumps will transport sludge and sewage safely, and throughout the process, there is no leakage or issues. 

If possible, it’s best to avoid companies that use older tanks and opt for those with more modern vehicles that are equipped with the latest tanks with powerful pumps and large hoses. 

This means that when the waste is taken to the disposal site or treatment plant where it can be emptied quickly, easily and accurately. Some tanks must drive right up to the disposal site and then be angled to ‘pour out’ the waste. 

Some trucks allow the operator to park further away if required and pump the waste out via a hose, which reduces the risk of mess or spillage.

Safe, Ethical Disposal

The safe and ethical disposal of waste from blocked sewers is not something that should be overlooked or scrimped on. Sewage can harbour many bacteria which can present a serious health risk to both humans and animals. 

While it can be tempting to dispose of sewage the same way you might throw away other rubbish, it is vital that the wastewater and solids are treated to ensure that they are not able to contaminate public ground or water supplies.

If your skin does come into contact with sewage, however, it is important that you clean yourself thoroughly to reduce the risk of bacterial or viral infection.

Whether you are in need of having a septic tank emptied, or you want a blocked sewer de-clogged, it is important that you call in a professional service.

They will be able to properly handle the volume of waste you need, de-water the waste, and then dispose of it at an appropriate site.

If you have a project that requires hydro vacuum excavation, please call us today on 0419 577 441 or contact us through our website


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