S.O.S. - Save Our Septic® Volume 10: On Wings of Eagles, Part 1
The centuries-old Banian Village in southeastern Europe was literally at a crossroads. Thanks to a recent rash of articles in trendy travel magazines, Banian Village had become an out-of-the-way vacation destination. While the villagers loved playing host to tourists and welcomed the boost to the local economy, the demands of the additional and transitory population were severely staining the village’s infrastructure, particularly its wastewater treatment system.
Since most of the new construction was hotels and restaurants the existing system could not handle the hydraulic or biological load. In fact, due to the food and drink this is a high strength biological load as compared to average household wastewater.The need to upgrade was critical and immediate, as hotels, restaurants, and residential builders were eager to expand, but this was limited by geographic challenges of the mountain itself. Growth over the mountain was restricted from development. Villages were quite protective of their agrarian cousins on the “other side,” where fertile soil had fed and supported both farmers and the villagers for centuries.
Recent reported sightings of Imperial Eagles in the mountain treetops had brought birders to the areas in flocks, carrying high-powered binoculars and sharing jottings from their notebooks. Village elders still talked about days when eagles were common, but avian populations had largely diminished in recent decades. The hope that the eagles might be returning to the mountaintop had raised the environmental consciousness of the village to new heights.
This further upped the ante for a proposed wastewater treatment upgrade. Any new system would be critically examined in terms of its impact on groundwater, land, natural water pathways to the sea, indigenous flora. And, of course, the system would have to be practically invisible, in both sight and smell, to the villagers and the influx of visitors.
In short, the chosen wastewater treatment solution had to be perfect.
Josef Danko, the village’s chief municipal planner, would present the recommended wastewater treatment plan. He had been logging long days at his office at the Bureau.
Many of those hours were spent consulting with his former university classmate, Peter Brinov, a current distributor for Bio-Microbics wastewater treatment systems, finding ways to accommodate local regulations, the challenges of the mountain terrain, the anticipated growth and demands on the system, and the sensibilities of the villagers.
Peter had promised to play a trump card at the meeting, an expert from Bio-Microbics who happened to be consulting with customers in a nearby region.
Josef questioned his colleague, “Why do you get a sheepish grin whenever you mention this ‘expert.’?”
“He’s just, well, a bit unusual in the way he, uh, well you will see,” Peter replied. “But his talent will blow you away, I promise.”
On the day of the meeting, the Bureau’s grand hall was packed with folks from every aspect of Banian Village life: families with centuries of history in the village, resort management, restaurateurs, housing developers, farmers from the “other side,” media representatives, environmental groups. The crowd parted briefly to allow the passage of Ivan Danko, Josef’s grandfather, to roll his wheelchair to the front of the crowd. The elder Danko, perhaps more than anyone present, represented the heart of the village.
The tall windows were flung open to admit cool mountain breezes.
Josef greeted the assembly and opened with a quick recap of the committee’s activity. He announced, “We have several options for the new wastewater system, but we have asked a very special envoy to present the details to you.”
He looked over to Peter, expecting him to go to the door to usher in their guest. Instead, Peter, grinning largely, gestured to the window, as a robotic figure in blue and silver glided though the opening and touched down near the podium.
“Hello!” he said. “I’m Robust, from Bio-Microbics. I understand that so much of your village’s future depends on making the right decision here tonight. Shall we get started?”
To be continued... (Part 2)
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Topics: Wastewater Treatment