You were preoccupied with the thought of how to aerate a leach field when you stepped out of the dean’s office; you were flattered and nervous at the same time. You were chosen among the senior professors of the college of architecture to come up with a new curriculum that would benefit students more. It was definitely a challenge for you because you were so used to the old way of teaching architecture. Even as the youngest in the senior level, you still had to make sure that you change the curriculum according to the modern needs of the architecture students. As you drove home, you needed a boost so you stopped by the local coffee shop for a quick espresso smoothie and a slice of chocolate death cake. You wanted to stay up late that weekend and come up with a feasible subject to propose and test out the next school year.
When you got home, your wife sensed the anxiety in you. She knew that you were trying to quit heavy coffee drinking already because of the thing it does to your reflexes. The past year, you broke seven dishes because of too much coffee. You drank an average of seven cups a day so your doctor advised you to stay away from coffee for a while. But you knew that coffee was the only thing that could help you come up with useful concepts for the college curriculum. It was a make or break endeavor for both the college and your career. Your wife asked what was bothering you and you told her of the daunting task. She decided to support you and told the kids to go upstairs and just watch movies in the den because you needed to work.
You had your indispensable computer to help you research on the latest subjects that could possibly make your college produce better students who could be above all other graduates in their batch. Late that night, you decided to have a warm shower to relax your nerves and just rest to prepare for anther research session the following day. When you stepped into the bathroom, the sink, drains, and toilet were backing up. You had a feeling that this would happen because you didn’t accept the treatment suggestion of your septic expert a few months back. When you called the septic expert, he said that he would be there in a few minutes. When he arrived, he said that he would be starting aerating the leach field after the treatment. You asked him to demonstrate the procedure to you because you needed to take notes on how to aerate a leach field:
1. The septic system was pumped out and treated.
2. The aerobic treatment unit (ATU) was connected to an electrical source after it is installed in the conventional septic system.
3. The wastewater is then passed through aeration chamber so that the oxygen could be pumped into the wastewater. This is often equipped with a mixer to incorporate more oxygen into the wastewater.
4. The resulting effluent is then passed through a settling chamber where the undigested solid particles settle and separated from the treated effluent.
5. The effluent returns to the aeration chamber again for further purification.
After the septic expert finished with your septic system and leach field, he told you that the ATU should be well maintained so that it will be able to work effectively for decades to come. The alarms in electrical panels and the filters in the aerator should be checked by certified professionals. Take note that the effluent should be clear. This tells you that there is proper oxygenation.
You took down every bit of information that you could and decided that this would be a good subject to add into the new curriculum that you’re constructing. The septic expert left and after a few hours, the drains, sink, and toilet had much less backup than earlier in the evening. Aerating the leach field was definitely one of the best ways to maintain your septic system. Your architecture students would definitely benefit from this additional knowledge. You only question was how to aerate a leach field and what cost was the conversion going to cost.