Wastewater Treatment Plants

Do and Don’t

When investing in a wastewater treatment system, you want to make the most out of your money. It is pretty obvious that it should be a long-lasting and robust solution, that won’t require lots of servicing and time from your side. If we are ensuring the quality of our products, you, as a Tricel Novo owner, need to do your part while respecting a list of Do and Don’t for wastewater treatment plants. Have a look.

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What are the do’s and don’ts for Wastewater Treatment Plants?


As a wastewater treatment plant owner, there are a few things you need to know about your system. If we are ensuring the high quality of our Tricel Novo and promising you a long-lasting, robust and cost-efficient product, you also need to play your part and be committed to it. It is well-known that in every investment you could make in life, you need attention and care to make the most out of it. Well, it is pretty much the same with your domestic wastewater treatment solution. To help you in this process, Tricel created a Do and Don’t for wastewater treatment plants list. It includes a rainwater session and some recommendations on disinfectants


Tricel Novo:  Do and Don't for wastewater treatment plants

How does a wastewater treatment plant work?

Before talking about the how and the why you should be cautious with your wastewater treatment plant, let’s go back to fundamentals. With our Tricel Novo, we have been compiling two treatment systems in one. It is composed of three different chambers and three different stages, all essential for the water purification.

Stage 1: the primary settlement chamber

Anaerobic breakdown takes place in the primary settlement chamber. It will separate the liquid from the solids and allow them to drop to the bottom.

Stage 2: the aeration chamber

In this next stage of the wastewater treatment, an aerobic breakdown is once again involved. Masses of naturally occurring bacteria inhabit in a specially designed filter media. They will help to purify the sewage. They are sustained with air, continuously supplied by a pump in the unit’s top section. Whenever the liquid goes into the filter media, the bacteria feed on the sewage and eliminate it from the soon-to-be treated water.

Stage 3: final settlement chamber

If some suspended sludge was carried into the final settlement chamber, it will settle to the bottom of it while the liquid is getting ready to pass out of the Tricel system. From there, a continuous sludge return system pumps the solids back to the primary settlement chamber.

Here, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Your Tricel Novo is composed of microorganisms who need air (electricity as supplied by a pump) and food to grow and breed. They are ensuring the high-quality of your effluents, so it is your responsibility to keep them ‘alive’. If the micro-organisms are accidentally destroyed, it will take them 3-6 weeks to repopulate themselves. In the meantime, there may be a slight odour coming from your plant as it cannot work to its optimum. You might also need to desludge your plant and clean it entirely to restart a fresh new population.

Do’s for wastewater treatment plants

  • Make sure that your treatment plant has been installed following Tricel’s guidance and the Site Assessor’s recommendations. 
  • Vents should be clear out of leaves and grass so it doesn’t impact the suppliance of oxygen.
  • Inspect your plant and make sure that your air blower is working by listening to its noise. 
  • Schedule regular inspections and maintenance with a licensed contracted. Desludging is part of the servicing you should carry out on a regular basis. 
  • Keep your receipts as it could be needed at some point if you are thinking of selling your property.

Don’ts for wastewater treatment plants

  • Rainwater, groundwater or large volumes of water shouldn’t be going into your wastewater treatment. Every plant has a specific treatment volume and it can’t surpass this limit. If you do so, you might flush away the microorganisms present in your Tricel Novo
  • Do not put in your toilet nappies, sanitary towels, wipes (baby, cosmetic or cleaning ones), rags or non-bio-degradable material. It could block the drains and result in dysfunction. 
  • When it comes to bleach and disinfectants, do not overuse them (sinks and outside drains). If you can, use natural products. Chemicals can kill the bacteria solicited for the purification process. It is also the case with fats, grease and oils.
  • Do not use sink macerators unless the plant is specifically designed to accept this increased organic load. Sink macerators result in additional maintenance.
  • Don’t put any pesticides, paints, thinners, gardening products and solvents into your Tricel Novo
  • Do not throw medicines down the sink or the toilet. 
  • Do not switch off and on your plant whenever you are leaving your house – even during holidays. Your Tricel Novo should always be on, 24h per day – 7 days per week. As mentioned above, it is very important for the microorganisms as they need some oxygen. This oxygen is supplied by the air blower. Also, the sludge return system in the final settlement chamber does need electricity as well. They both maintain the bacteria alive, particularly during periods of low occupancy.

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