Most homeowners using city water and sewer systems never think about how important the process of waste management is when they flush their toilets or pull the plug for dirty dishwater to go down their drains. However, many homeowners probably do wonder why their monthly bills seem too high just for water and sewer services. One of the reasons your local sewage treatment plant charges higher rates is because of the money they may have to pay for sewer divers when sludge tanks need to be repaired. You should know that diving into a tank of sewer sludge entails a lot more than just dealing with a terrible aroma.
Sewer Diving Gives The Term 'Going In Blind' New Meaning
Planning for sewer divers is extremely important because once a sewer diver is down in a tank, he is faced with zero visibility due to being submerged in thick sludge. Making repairs in total darkness can certainly be challenging, especially when you are in a suit that, if torn, can cost your life. The skill training and experience sewer divers need for making successful tank repairs without unwanted incidents is costly, meaning their charges are higher. Bear in mind that few people willingly dive into a tanks filled with sewage, even for a lot of money. Your water and sewer can be higher when repairs have to be made to prevent sewage from backing up in your toilet and into your bathroom floor. The repair bill charged to your wastewater treatment professionals from a sewer diver can be expensive and for good reasons.
Factoring In The Cost Of Full Contamination Suits
One of the greatest dangers sewer divers face is exposure to serious disease. For this reason, divers wear full contamination suits. You should know these suits don't come cheap, about $7500 for one and they only last from 150 to 300 successful dives. Maintaining and replacing full contamination suits can cost sewer diving companies a great deal, so that is reflected in the charges given to your wastewater and sewage treatment plant, thus being passed on to you in your monthly bills.
The processes carried out every day at a wastewater and sewage treatment plant can be dangerous due to the number of pathogens in sewage. However, when a repair needs to be made inside a sewage tank, the risks become a lot higher for the person that has to go on and make those repairs. If a sewage tank had to be emptied and service for it completely halted so repairs could be made, you and many other homeowners might have to avoid flushing your toilets until the tank was back up and running on schedule, a huge convenience well worth the charges on your water bill.