S.O.S. - Save Our Septic® Wastewater Adventure Series Volume 3: Right Day to Go to the Aquarium, Part 1
Synopsis: Adding additional rooms, backyard cottages, or increasing your household floor plan will have you looking at how much your septic system can treat.
Application: Expand your treatment capacity with a RetroFAST® Septic System Enhancement to handle additional loading.
The ?sh’s oval body was a bright, almost electric blue, with a yellow tail. It played against the ?fteen-foot glass wall in front of wide-eyed six-year-old Sophia Brown who was totally enraptured by all the sea creatures in the city aquarium.
Her father, Mark Brown, was standing next to her, but mentally he was miles away, in his backyard actually, wrestling with the details of the guest cottage he was trying to get built, thinking about all the applications and permits he had to ?le, all the costs involved, and the looming mortgage he hoped to help pay by renting out the cottage when it was completed.
“Dad!! What’s that ?sh called?” asked Sophia.
Mark looked at her and reminded himself that his attention should be right here, right now, and not steeped in building challenges. He studied the ?sh in question. “Um, I actually don’t know, Soph.”
“It’s called a regal tang,” said a friendly female voice to Sophia’s left.
They turned to the …um…”man?” …and “woman?” standing beside them. They looked like they would be as much at home inside the tank as on this side of the glass. Their bodies were plastic, rubber and steel with shimmering silver, black and blue colors.
Aquatic Knowledge Isn’t Just for the Fishes
They look like aquatic robots, thought Mark; and thinking they’re part of the aquarium staff. Sophie chimed into his thoughts. “Do you work here?” she asked them, impressed.
“No, I just know a lot about aquatic life,” said the woman.
“She also read the sign over there,” said the man, jerking his head toward the display. Mark laughed.
“But I already knew the ?sh, wise guy,” said the woman, elbowing her counterpart playfully.
Suddenly, Mark’s cell phone vibrated.
He pulled it out of his pocket and saw his wife’s face on the screen.
“Hey! How’s the aquarium?” asked Karina. Meanwhile, Sophia wasquizzing the woman on every ?sh she could see.
“Fun, actually. Soph’s having a blast. Are you home already?”
“Not yet. But I just got an email from the guy who inspected our septic system.”
Uh-oh, Mark thought to himself, If this call couldn’t wait until Karina got home, this can’t be good. Mentally he was immediately right back in the backyard, with the ?urry of paperwork around him.
“Good news or bad?”
“Not so good. He said we might need a separate system for the cottage. He said to have a licensed septic professional come over to make sure.”
“So our current septic tank might not be able to treat the cottage’s sewage, too?” asked Mark.
Overhearing this, the robotic man at the aquarium glanced over, interested.
“We just don’t know at this point,” replied Karina.
“Well,” Mark said, “I guess tonight we start looking for that septic tank pro. See you at home.”
“Sorry, I couldn’t help but overhear…” said the robotic man after Mark had put his phone away, “but you need someone to look at your septic system?”
“Yeah! Do you know someone?”
“Yep. Me. Or I should say, both of us. My name’s Robust,” he said, extending his hand. “You can call me Rob. Bubbles and I work at a wastewater equipment manufacturing company.”
“Bubbles?” Mark looked over to her.
“I’m AEROBE!” she said, shooting Robust a withering look and shaking Mark’s hand. “I’m a Bio-Microbics Onsite Treatment Specialist—or B.O.T.S., if you prefer. Aeration is one of my areas of focus. The nickname just sort of stuck.”
“It suits her personality,” Robust said, not bothering to suppress a grin. “if you’d like, Bubbles…” Aerobe glares at him again with her Control Panel eyes. “I mean Aerobe…or I could inspect your system.”
“You got to do this last time,” Aerobe told Robust. “It’s my turn.”
“That’d be great!” said Mark. “Looks like we picked the right day to go to the aquarium.”
To be continued... (Click here for Part 2)
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