Drip dispersal is the most effective way to distribute wastewater throughout an area. When an onsite system utilizing drip dispersal is designed/engineered, it is done so taking into account the needs of the facility of which it will serve. It begins with treating the wastewater using an aerobic treatment unit. The treated wastewater or effluent is then distributed into the soil through a pressure compensating drip line via a drip emitter. The emitters will deliver equal flow; even over uneven terrain.
The drip line is typically installed in the root zone of plants (grass, landscape areas etc.). Here the water is lost through evapotranspiration. This term is used to describe the sum of evaporation and transpiration (loss of water vapor through plant parts).
This process makes drip dispersal environmentally friendly. Plants use the water and what nutrients that are left in the effluent for their growth process. The majority of the remainder is lost through direct evaporation of the water into the atmosphere. Very little percolates downward into the groundwater table. This greatly reduces contamination of Florida’s water resources in environmentally sensitive areas.
Drip disposal has the ability to disperse water evenly and precisely over a broad area and the ability to manage doses over time as a function of the soil’s ability to absorb. It can also open up sites that simply cannot be developed using a conventional septic system.