WHY DOES MY SYSTEM NEED CHLORINE?

A septic system is the system of choice for approximately 20% of the new homes built in Texas; an On-Site Sewage Facility (OSSF), commonly called a "septic system." The sudden increase of new housing in suburban and rural areas means that more Texas households depend on an OSSF for treatment and disposal of domestic sewage. In recent years, many new systems have been permitted, most in high growth areas of the state. New approaches to design and overseeing OSSFs ensure systems do their job properly and protect the environment.  One example is the routine use of Chlorine. 

                                                 


 

THE COUNTIES OF HOOD, SOMERVELL AND ERATH REQUIRE THE USE OF A CHLORINE DISINFECTANT.

Chlorine products are used in locations where wastewater effluent must be sanitized by chemical treatment before it is discharged to the environment.  When disinfection of secondary effluent is required, use a chlorine tablet made from calcium hypochlorite that is certified for wastewater disinfection by the EPA. The tablets are very reactive and will kill 99% of the bacteria present in the effluent within 10 minutes. Follow all warning and precaution statements of the chlorine tablet manufacturer to protect yourself and the system equipment. WARNING: DO NOT use swimming pool chlorine tablets as a disinfectant. The chlorine in these tablets are made from trichloroisocyanuric acid. Swimming pool tablets dissolve more slowly than calcium hypochlorite and do not thoroughly disinfect the effluent. Additionally, there is a danger of explosion using swimming pool tablets since the tablets will release an explosive gas called nitrogen chloride. Furthermore, they are not approved by the EPA for wastewater effluent disinfection.  (This happenened to one of our customers who used pool tablets.  His system, in essence, blew up resulting in costly repairs.)  Some systems are designed for the use of EPA approved liquid chlorine.

 

WHERE CAN I FIND CHLORINE TABLETS

Chlorine Tablets can be found at most hardware stores (Lowes, Home Depot) and Coleman Aerobic Septic.