Tuesday, August 18, 2009

New Report Released By Hobart and William Smith Colleges

It is estimates that 1.5 million people become ill each year in the US from infections caused by fecal contamination according to the latest report, titled “Wastewater Treatment: Where do Toilet & Sink Wastes Go?” released earlier this month by John Halfman, Researcher and Professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The report gives an overview of the two most widely accepted technologies used to treat wastewater; septic tank waste water treatment and municipal wastewater treatment; both have their advantages and disadvantages.

According to Halfman, the best treatment option will find ways to reduce the amount and variety of wastes generated at the source. He encourages homeowners to consider several common sense approaches to meet this goal. A few of these include using less-toxic or non-toxic alternative when possible; test your soil before applying fertilizers, and to properly dispose of chemicals instead of pouring them on the ground or down a stormdrain. To read the full report click the following link:

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