Clearwater Cleanup Company has been committed to the concept of waste minimization since 1995, when we purchased our first Danish dewatering truck. This advanced technology gives us the opportunity to pump liquid waste far more efficiently than using conventional methods
5 Ways Clearwater Cleanup Company is Friendlier to the Environment
- The waste solids that we pump are composted.
- The waste water that we pump is recycled.
- Your septic tank water stays in the local aquifier.
- We reduce truck traffic and emissions.
- We use less fuel.
The waste solids that we pump are composted.
Because our organic waste is dewatered, it can be taken to a composting site. We take almost all of our bio solids (grease and food solids, septic tank solids and treatment plant residuals) to High Country Composting Facility, which is part of the Summit County Resource Allocation Park (SCRAP), 2 miles north of Keystone, Colorado.
There it is mixed with wood chips from beetle-kill trees and turned into “High Country Compost”. This is very stable, Class 1 compost safe to use for gardening or landscaping. For more information, including how to purchase this compost, go to the Summit County Government’s website page on composting.
The waste water that we pump is recycled.
Most of the content in a septic tank or grease trap is water. When we pump out the tank or trap, we use our special truck to remove the water from the solids. It works so well that we end up with more than 1,000 gallons of clear water from a 1,250 gallon septic tank.
We re-use this clear water to clean the tank with our high-pressure washer. When the tank (or larger grease trap) is completely clean, and the water has been pumped and cleared again, we return all the water to the tank.
Both grease traps and septic tanks need a thick layer of water to function properly, but return of the water is especially beneficial to the septic tank. Septic tank water is full of micro-organisms, the “bugs” that digest septic waste. When we return the water, the good micro-organisms are returned too. They are perfectly acclimated to this tank, and they’re ready to start work immediately. This improves the function of your septic tank.
Your septic tank water stays in the local aquifier.
There are many neighborhoods in our area that barely have enough water in their aquifer to supply their wells. Fortunately, water that is withdrawn by wells and vegetation is returned to the aquifer through septic systems. Every time you send wastewater into the septic tank, an equal amount is pushed from the tank into your drain field. From there it trickles down into the aquifer.
When a conventional pump truck is used to pump your tank, both the solids and the water are hauled away to a water treatment plant. When Clearwater pumps your septic tank, we haul away just the solids. We return all the clear water to your tank, and therefore to your neighborhood aquifer. Granted, this only makes a difference every 2-4 years when the tank is pumped, but every bit helps, especially during a drought.
We reduce truck traffic and emissions.
A septic pumper with a conventional tanker truck must haul both the sludge and the water to the municipal water treatment plant. He must do this after every 1 to 3 septic tanks, depending on the size of the tanks and his truck.
The dewatering capability of our truck lets us return the water to the tank where it belongs, which reduces our load by 1,000 gallons. We haul 4 fewer tons for every septic tank we pump. Furthermore, we do not have to drive all the way to the water treatment plant after pumping a few tanks. We can clean 10 or more tanks before needing to haul the solids to the local composting site.
The reduction in trucking, and therefore emissions, is even greater for the large grease interceptors and treatment plants that we pump.
We use less fuel.
We dewater septage, grease and other bio solids on-site, and return the clear water to the source instead of trucking it away. Per gallon of waste pumped, we do less trucking and use less diesel fuel than a conventional pumping company. In Europe, where fuel prices are much higher, this more efficient way of handling liquid waste has been the standard for decades.
How are we different?
The purpose of pumping a septic tank or a grease interceptor is to remove the solids. But tanks are mostly filled with water, and for the conventional pumper, to get rid of the solids he must truck and dispose of all the water as well. This is the only option when using a regular pump truck.
Clearwater Cleanup uses a more advanced technology. We pump all the sludge, grease and water from a tank, but then we separate the solids from the water right on-site, inside of our dewatering truck. Only the solids need to be hauled away, and the clear water can be returned to the tank.
The waste is processed before trucking instead of afterwards at a treatment facility. This is much more efficient, good for the tank and for the environment as well.
If you want to know the step-by step details of the technology we use, please refer to our page on Portable Sludge Dewatering.