Monday, March 16, 2009

The Second Problem Component for our "Stuff"

I had a week off due to physical problems and didn't get a chance to write some additional ideas about our "stuff". Kinda missed not doing it. So here's some more information about what we do wrong. By the way, all these septic systems that are working against Mother Nature can be dramatically improved with the Pirana System technology.

The natural process of waste treatment isn't hard to figure out. Just watch what other animals do. They have a very easy time of it. They just stop, drop their waste on the ground, possibly scratch a bit of dirt or leaves over their "leavings" (waste) and walk off. Come back a month or so later and the "leavings" are gone. Almost makes me nostalgic for my hunter gatherer ancestors. They had no net loss for needing to leave "stuff" behind. Magic? A miracle? Nope. Just working within Nature's evolved process for dealing with organic waste left on the surface of the planet.

Micro-organisms like molds and fungus first start breaking down the waste (another way of saying they're eating it) and then bacteria take over. The bacteria that take over are the ones that are found within the "leavings or stuff" and the leaf litter and humic soil bacteria (some of the very ones we use in the Pirana technology) and they completely recycle it into what is essentially plant food. If the plants haven't been able to get at the processed nutrients from the fungus, molds and bacteria immediately, they will when it rains or there is some form of water soaking these nutrients into the soil around the rood masses.

What do we do. Well, its really quite a different story. We build these strange constructs called drain fields (no matter the design). No time in the history of this planet has any animal ever put its "stuff" in water, sent the water and "stuff" every day for decades to a containment or septic tank to concentrate and then to some constructed void in the soil, or a mound of voids built on the soil, so that the soil can act as a filter. Filter? Doesn't sound like what the other animals do with their "stuff" working with fungus, molds and bacteria to feed plants...?

As a filter, the soil over a minimum depth determined by some "experts" (not a natural process this) will capture (supposedly) the organic material (stuff) and harmful bacteria and viruses and will hold these in situ for aerobic soil bacteria to destroy and consume them. But there's a problem if not several to this idea.

There are anaerobic bacteria that create biomat (organic slimes) within your "stuff", that over years penetrate the soil and clog it up so that the aerobic soil bacteria can't get to the "stuff", containing the afore mentioned harmful microbes. The biomat becomes another filter of sorts, a biological filter. But if the biomat and the soil are filters, and it rains or there is snow melt with or without high ground water, the flush of water can carry a portion of this "stuff" and these harmful microbes downward into the soil and possibly into stored ground water, if the ground water isn't down to deep. In fact, "experts" are afraid that if there is high ground water, this "stuff" and the micro-organisms can be flushed downward with the high ground water as it recedes and contaminate our drinking water. Not good? Heck, I'm an expert and I'm not worried. You've all probably heard of this potential, maybe even heard of it happening. Makes me wonder how good a system it is, this disposal field made by man?? Eventually, the depth penetration by the biomat into the soils around the disposal field is great enough to disallow all of the water and "stuff" you put into the septic system every day to get out, or all be absorbed every day. This is failure of a dispoal field. Another not good.

Why this problem with biomat and why aren't there problems with biomat for all other animals dropping their waste on the ground? Again the answer is simple if you look at it. They aren't using an artificial construction called a drain field that is deep in the ground away from atmospheric oxygen and plant roots. There is a limited amount of oxygen in soils so that anaerobic biomat producing bacteria can survive. These anaerobic biomat producing bacteria can't survive the harsh conditions of the soil surface. The aerobic soil microbes have never encountered this situation before, nor have they had to compete with biomat producing bacteria from animal's guts, being re-enforced with countless more every day the septic system is used. They are simply overwhelmed over time.

I've run out of time and space. I will have the next View in a few days. I am trying to be as human and as true to the average homeowner as I can, while maintaining a level of factual information to inform and educate. If you don't like the style I am using, I am trying to have a little fun here, please let me know. I will consider all critiques.

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