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2006 - Alberta Septage Hauler and Receiving Industry Project - Survey, Research, Jurisdictional and Technical Scan.pdf

Private sewage treatment systems, commonly called “septic systems”, treat sewage from homes and businesses that are not connected to a centralized wastewater treatment plant. In some areas of Alberta (particularly adjacent to lakeshores or in areas with a high water table), holding tanks are the only environmentally acceptable form of private sewage disposal. Whether a septic system or a holding tank, ongoing maintenance is required on these types of systems for them to remain functional. In the case of the septic tank, required maintenance involves the removal of scum and solids that accumulate in the primary treatment tank (septic tank) every one to two years. For holding tanks, regular pump-outs are required (once or twice a month), the frequency of which depends on the size of the holding tank, the volume of wastewater generated and/or the number of persons on the holding tank system. The liquid, solid or semisolid material removed from septic tanks, cesspools, portable toilets, holding tanks and similar devices is referred to as “domestic septage”, and is generally disposed of via hauling to a septage treatment facility/lagoon or through land application. Therefore the septage hauling industry that transports septage to a treatment facility or to a land application site is a crucial part of the overall septage management process in Alberta.