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How Septic Tanks Benefit Rural South Africa

How RotoTank™ septic tanks benefit rural South Africa.

As rural areas in South Africa need long term sewage and environmental solutions, we dig deeper into the supply of quality RotoTank™ septic tanks and how this benefits communities.

We investigate if septic tanks benefit rural areas or not and look at 4 key questions;

  • How does a septic tank work?
  • Uses of a septic tank
  • How to install septic tanks
  • A septic tank alternative for smaller areas

How does a RotoTank™ septic tank work?

A septic tank is a container that is usually installed underground. It collects and decomposes household solid sewage through bacterial activity – so that it drains and soaks away. RotoTank™ septic tanks can easily substitute for conventional household sewage systems and is ideal for communities on farms and in rural areas – that are not connected to public sewer systems.

Uses of a Rototank™ septic tank

The question ‘how does a septic tank work’ is typically followed by: ‘what are septic tanks used for?’ Apart from being an on-site domestic sewage facility, septic tanks can also be used for the following purposes:

  • Appropriate storage of septic waste below the ground
  • Containment of industrial & agricultural septic waste & sewage

How to install septic tanks

A quality septic tank such as the RotoTank™ conservancy/septic tanks can last an average household a lifetime, provided that it is maintained and installed correctly. Here are a few pointers for sound installation of septic tanks:

  • Position the base on solid, level ground.
  • Avoid jutting sharp pointed objects that can puncture the tank.
  • Follow the installation instructions word for word.
  • Avoid top and lateral load forces
  • Reinforce with top cover beams wherever possible to prevent top loading and subsequent collapse.

It is furthermore critical to check the weight and quality of the RotoTank ™ septic tank, to make sure that you have the correct volume size RotoTank™ septic tank – for the right application, ie, fit for purpose. Also check beforehand that the excavated hole is the correct shape and size for the RotoTank™ septic tank that will snugly fit into it. If in doubt, feel free to click here to speak to a Roto Tank septic tank specialist.

A RotoTank™ septic tank alternative for smaller areas

Roto Tank™ also offers the choice of a French drain solution for smaller areas. Coupled with these easy-to-install-and-maintain French drain solutions, RotoTank™ septic tank systems can be created for optimal use in minimal space. Furthermore, the French drain can incorporate a Soak Away tank too.

Some of the French drain benefits are:

  • Can be used in conjunction with a RotoTank™ septic tank.
  • Maximises RotoTank™ septic tank storage capacity.
  • Can be maintained and serviced via a built-in manhole.
  • Easy to install, clean and maintain.
  • Highly durable.

A good tip to activate the biological agents for bacterial decomposition in RotoTank™ septic tanks and French drain systems – is to use meat from the kitchen that has gone off and not fit for human consumption.

Do RotoTank™ septic tanks benefit rural areas or not?

In conclusion, RotoTank™ septic tanks are indeed a viable solution for rural areas that are not connected to municipal sewage systems. Provided that the RotoTank™ septic tank is sourced from a trusted supplier like RotoTank™, it is long-lasting and proven to save costs over the long run. Plus RotoTank™ septic tanks are eco-friendly.

The question should therefore rather be: why are all communities in rural areas not using RotoTank™ septic tanks?

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