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Installer Manual Introduction
This manual is for those who wish to learn about onsite wastewater treatment systems. It is a supplement to Nebraska Department of Environment Quality Title 124, Rules and Regulations for the Design, Operation and Maintenance of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems. This manual explains how a residential septic or lagoon system works, and gives health and regulatory ramifications of improper installation. You should have read the Basics Manual prior to reading the Installer Manual. Together, the two manuals cover much of the information needed for an installer to understand the requirements of Title 124 regarding onsite wastewater treatment systems.
After reading this manual, you will be able to:
1. List two purposes of onsite wastewater treatment systems.
2. List three basic soil properties and explain how they affect wastewater treatment.
3. List the main parts of a traditional septic system and their functions.
4. Explain how a lagoon system works and when it should be considered as a wastewater treatment option.
Toby Jones of Septics R Us received a call from a frantic homeowner whose wastewater was backing into his house. Toby went out to investigate and discovered the drainfield trench was lined with 6 inches of black slime that was preventing wastewater from leaving the trench. Toby had come face to face with a biomat.
Do you know what a biomat is? Could you explain how it affects wastewater treatment? That a properly developed biomat can help treatment or that an overdeveloped biomat can hinder treatment? This manual will provide answers to questions like these, help you to understand how systems work, the "why" of regulations, and make it easier for you to explain to your customers why you must follow the regulations.