ATU systems have a smaller footprint and provide added protection from groundwater contamination.
The methods mankind has used to deal waste over the course of history have varied widely, from approaches that were far from sanitary to today’s municipal sewer systems, home and business septic systems with a tank and drain field, and ATU systems, which are used as an alternative when space doesn’t permit a drain field. At Averett Septic Tank Co Inc., we have been around long enough to see many changes in waste treatment—well, perhaps not the ancient methods, but any developed and utilized since 1958, including ATU systems.
ATU systems, also known as aerobic treatment septic systems, add oxygen to the process of breaking down solids by encouraging aerobic bacteria. As a result, these systems produce a better-quality affluent, thereby eliminating the need for a large drain field to filter the effluent prior to absorption into the soils and introduction to groundwater. The benefit is a smaller footprint, making ATU systems an ideal choice for smaller residential properties or when your Haines City, Florida home is close to a lake or stream when added protection from contamination is the objective.
There are some drawbacks involved with ATU systems, so they aren’t for everyone. First of all, gravity-fed systems do not require electricity to operate, but this type does, so you can expect an increase in your power bill with this type of system. Another concern is that ATU systems cost a bit more to install and need to be pumped out more often than gravity-fed systems. In addition, not all properties meet the code regulation requirements for ATU systems. However, in many cases, this is the only type that is permitted in an attempt to avoid the pollution of groundwater.
There are a variety of ATU systems available, including two chamber, three chamber, and four chamber designs. We have the expertise to advise you about the best type of system for your situation. If you have any questions about ATU systems, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
At Averett Septic Tank Co Inc., we offer services for ATU systems in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Auburndale, Bartow, Polk City, Plant City, Haines City, Mulberry, Dundee, Lake Wales, Highland City, and Sebring, Florida, as well as throughout Polk County and Eastern Hillsborough County.