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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
If you are on any kind of sewage line, you may be contributing to sludge. Every time you flush your toilet and the waste travels to a sewage treatment plant, there’s a chance that what has just left your home will return in some way.
When sewage reaches the treatment plant, it will be treated in such a way as to allegedly render it safe to be dispersed into the environment. One of the results of the treatment will be effluent, which is treated water that will be discharged into the environment, and the other part, the solids, will be sludge.
How Sludge Is Used
Some sludge is incinerated or buried, but some is used as fertilizer. Sludge is sometimes spread on agricultural lands, but it can also be sold right at your local garden supply center for use on lawns or home gardens. Originally, it was thought to be safe, but concerns have arisen, especially when runoff from sludge enters groundwater.
Although human waste undergoes a number of processes at a sewage treatment plant to remove both organic and inorganic contaminants, it is not only impossible to remove 100% of these, but the results from different plants can vary greatly, depending upon the processes and diligence they use.
Sludge can easily contain:
Sludge’s Impact on Health
Although sludge has made people ill, or even killed them, when they have been exposed to it either by air or be physically touching it, it’s contaminants can also enter groundwater and may eventually end up coming out of your tap. All of the above pollutants, which may be entering your home through your water supply can cause not only short term, acute illnesses such as gastroenteritis and hepatitis, but also chronic illnesses such as autoimmune disease and cancer.
Keeping Your Water and Your Family Safe
The methods used for treating sludge are considered to be outdated by many scientists, as are the procedures to test for the presence of contaminants. While you may be able to do little or nothing about airborne sludge particles blowing off nearby fields, you definitely can keep your water safe to drink.
Ceramic filters, which combine a fine ceramic casing around activated charcoal, will remove nearly every contaminant from your drinking water. They are available as countertop or under the sink units.
by: Chris Tracey
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