Phosphorus pollution is a growing problem in UK Waterways and it is a problem that future private sewage treatment plants must address.
Please telephone us on 01759 369915 for details of our existing and new sewage treatment plants which remove Phosphates.
Aleady, we are having enquiries from people who are being asked to reduce or remove the Phosphates in their sewage effluent before they will be granted access to Mains Drainage and public sewers.
Phosphate causes excessive growth of algae in rivers, ponds, lakes, etc. and this surface cover of the water blocks the light for aquatic plants and animals and reduces the oxygen levels in the water. This is called Eutrophication.
Phosphate occurs naturally, at low levels, as a result of decomposing organic matter and river bank erosion, containing Phosphorous Minerals, but by far the greatest source of Phosphorous Pollution is caused by Human activity and the products we use.
All plants and animals need some phosphorous for growth, (up to about 0.1mg/litre in lakes and rivers) but too much overpowers Nature's ability to process it without detrimental effects.
Government guidance recommends that river/pond/lake water should contain a maximum phosphate concentration of 0.1mg per litre.