How Do Mechanical Sewer (aerobic treatment ) units work?
Mechanical sewer systems (ATU) usually work in 3-4 stages:
Pretreatment: The first stage reduces the amount of solids (oils, grease,toilet paper, etc.) going into the ATU by utilizing a compartment to allow settlement. This is an optional feature, so your system may or may not have this function.
Aeration: The second stage forces oxygen to mix with the wastewater in what is known as "the aeration chamber." This allows the beneficial bacteria to thrive and breakdown the sewage.
Clarifier: A clarifier is a chamber that separates the solids created in the aeration chamber (stage 2) from the water. The solids fall to the bottom and back into the aeration chamber.
Disposal: The final step includes disinfection and effluent reduction.