S.O.S. - Save Our Septic® Wastewater Adventure Series Volume 8: Everything's Coming Up Roses, Part 1
Things were finally falling into place for the Gerber family’s long-anticipated move to a home they’d been planning for what seemed like forever. They’d considered fourteen lots. Reviewed eight different types of flooring. Compared five shades of blue for the bedroom. Angie and Mike Gerber had reached a consensus on each decision along the way. But early in their process, they’d agreed that before any decision could be made, it had to meet their high standards for environmental responsibility. In fact, in the Gerber’s own “couple’s shorthand,” everything had to be deemed “good green” before it made the approved list.
Angie and Mike considered themselves to be more than just environmentally aware; they kidded each other that maybe they were slightly environmentally obsessed. It stemmed from their chosen career passions—Angie as a fourth-grade science teacher and Mike as a land-use attorney—and spilled over into their day-to-day life.
This “good green” focus had colored their approach to their new home from the start. They wanted to reuse as much as possible and maintain a sustainability theme throughout planning. They saw it as an opportunity to create a small footprint, not only with the house itself, but with landscaping as well. Angie was looking forward to planting both a flower and vegetable garden as soon as construction was finished.
They felt they had little choice in their utilities. With their chosen lot being on the outskirts of the city, the Gerbers would rely on well water and septic sewer. But as Mike was researching local companies to arrange installation, he discovered water reuse options using something called an ATU (Advanced Treatment Unit) that makes wastewater suitable for irrigation. When Mike brought this up to Angie, she was instantly in agreement: an ATU system was an ideal fit for their plans. Angie volunteered to research system choices.
Her search uncovered a number of ATU system possibilities. She was soon engulfed in details and longed for an unbiased opinion. She also stumbled upon reports of a bionic pollution-fighting duo named Aerobe and Robust.
“This might be the solution to our situation,” she said to herself as she picked up the phone.
A friendly female voice answered, “Hello and good afternoon. This is Aerobe. How may I help you today?”
Angie responded, “Well, I sure hope you can offer me some guidance. My husband and I are building a home that will be on a septic system. We are hoping to reuse the water to irrigate our garden. Can you help me? I’m, um, a little overwhelmed.”
“Absolutely!” Aerobe responded. “I assume you found my contact information on the Internet; so first of all, thank you for giving me a call. I think it’s splendid that you are interested in reusing water for your garden. I can give you a couple of options that render wastewater virus free for irrigation and safe for human contact. Could I stop by to see your property and get a few more details from you?”
“The only thing on my agenda today was to get an appointment scheduled for this treatment system. I’m available all day.” Angie replied and read her address to Aerobe. They agreed on a time to meet.
To be continued... (Part 2)
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