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FirstContact
12/14/2014, 08:38 AM
Just curious what most people do with their waste water. I have been dumping mine in the back yard with a 32 gallon brute trash can on rollers for years, but I am expanding my system and this is not going to work for me anymore. Going forward, should I pump the water out to the back yard or send it down a drain? My question basically is: if we are dumping aquarium waste water into a drain where does it go, and is this responsible reef keeping?

Timfish
12/15/2014, 11:10 AM
Usually it goes through your local sewage treatment plant which will dump it into the local watershed/river after treatment. How ethical is this? I'm not sure but it is less salt than is being dumped by water softeners that use salt to clean ion exchange beads

twon8
12/15/2014, 11:11 AM
I send mine down the drain

FirstContact
12/15/2014, 05:37 PM
Thanks Timfish and twon8!

Do both waste water drains and sewage waste lines go to the same place?

(Honestly, I really don't know; but I am under the impression they are separate. I don't see tapping into a sewage line for my waste water as a possibility due to the problems that might arise.)

What does everyone think?

jamie1981
12/15/2014, 08:17 PM
Your sewer/waste water are the same thing and goes to a treatment plant. If you live in town and have storm drains on the street they would dump directly into a nearby stream or river untreated. Saltwater is much better going down the drain than into the street or your yard. The amount of salt in a water change would not even be measurable compared to what is used in water softeners throughout a neighborhood. Dumping it outside could be more of a hazard if it ends up in a nearby pond or stream where organisms "could" potentially be released and threaten native organisms. Dumping it down the drain it goes through a treatment process making it safe for the environment before it reaches any streams or lakes.

jamie1981
12/15/2014, 08:22 PM
The only debatable scenario is if you have your own septic system because the volume of water is tiny compared to a municipal treatment system a town would use. Large amounts of saltwater may cause a imbalance with the microbes that break down the waste in a small private system.

FirstContact
12/15/2014, 09:07 PM
Hi jamie1981,

Thanks for clarifying that for me. No streams or lakes near my house. Just a lot of woodland in our backyard. No septic either. So, I guess I'll go with a drain going forward.

Thanks,
FirstContact

DesktopReefer
12/15/2014, 10:42 PM
I used to dump mine down the bath tub...Corroded the tub fixture, switched to the toilet...lol

FirstContact
12/16/2014, 07:53 PM
Too funny!

Zoodiver
12/30/2014, 12:59 PM
Yeah, any metal (especially copper) used in typical indoor plumbing can (will) be destroyed after prolonged exposure to dumping waste saltwater.

Ckyuv
12/30/2014, 08:19 PM
I dump mine off the balcony onto the neighbors property :)

SVTour
12/31/2014, 06:36 AM
The only debatable scenario is if you have your own septic system because the volume of water is tiny compared to a municipal treatment system a town would use. Large amounts of saltwater may cause a imbalance with the microbes that break down the waste in a small private system.

I've been dumping mine in the septic system since 2002 (about 50 gallons every 3 weeks). Haven't had any issues with it yet. :lol:

firebirdude
12/31/2014, 08:53 AM
Other than the grass dying where you dump it, I seriously doubt waste saltwater will have ANY negative impact on any surrounding environment. Additionally, pouring 100+ gallons of saltwater down your drain is still so insignificant compared to the waste your city handles. I'd be much more worried about corroding your pipes than any impact on the environment (because it's nil). If you dump down the drain, I'd use the toilet...or at least follow it will a freshwater dump.

mikeande
12/31/2014, 02:05 PM
I've been dumping mine in the septic system since 2002 (about 50 gallons every 3 weeks). Haven't had any issues with it yet. :lol:

I was going to make a thread on this (still might) because I live out of town and rely on a septic system. I'm worried about pump/equipment issues along with the effect on the end of the system such as the cement and drainage parts. Salt is not kind to very many things. Have you ever inspected your system ?

rainydave
01/03/2015, 03:31 PM
I dump it into the toilet.

FirstContact
01/06/2015, 08:35 PM
Well, the wife doesn't approve of adding an extra hole to the house for AWC run through a DoS, Litre Meter, or otherwise. So, I am looking at a washtub type sink plumed into a pvc drain in the basement. Plan on asking the LFS in the area how they do it. But I really prefer the former which the wife will not approve. "Toilet" seems to be a popular option- LOL -sometimes that's where the water from our freshwater tanks go and bathtub too!

FirstContact
01/06/2015, 08:38 PM
I dump mine off the balcony onto the neighbors property :)

Do they get upset? :wavehand:

slief
01/07/2015, 06:26 PM
Mine is expelled through PVC drains in my yard that go outside to the curb/street. I go through 5 gallons per day at a rate of 1 gallon every 4 or so hours.

kurfer
01/26/2015, 11:58 PM
Shoot mine into my basement Jacuzzi tub, finally found a use for that thing.

sean357
01/31/2015, 09:50 PM
I dump mine down the toilet but have recently started to worry about this. For people in Iowa, etc. it may not be a big deal but I live in Houston and worry about it possibly getting out into the bay/gulf. Is this a legit fear? Could An invasive species make it from my toilet to the Gulf?

SPS Galore
02/01/2015, 10:31 AM
I send it into the yard.

deleau
02/01/2015, 03:45 PM
I have a neighbor I do not like with an in-ground pool. I toss buckets of waste SW over the fence late at night...I hope he gets ICH.

bluecoyote79
02/01/2015, 04:02 PM
I dump my down the toilet. After its cleaned it's going back into the Pacific Ocean anyways.

chaetopreto
02/07/2015, 04:32 PM
Never dump in toilets or drains or throw in yards.When you do you are unintentionally destroying life."First do no harm to any living thing" Set up a place for it to evaporate.Use your imagination ,give it some thought .You could use the leftover salt in Northern climates in winter to melt the snow on your sidewalks.Or save it and some day return it to the ocean.

meidinad
02/09/2015, 10:11 PM
+1 for toilet. That thing is meant to remove waste... haha

oceanic_180
02/11/2015, 02:49 PM
I was going to make a thread on this (still might) because I live out of town and rely on a septic system. I'm worried about pump/equipment issues along with the effect on the end of the system such as the cement and drainage parts. Salt is not kind to very many things. Have you ever inspected your system ?

I am on septic as well. I plumbed one of my return lines directly (with a valve of course) to one of my septic lines. My water softener dumps way more salt into my septic system than I do with my tank. I change about 30 - 50 gallons per month.

woodnaquanut
02/11/2015, 03:58 PM
Never dump in toilets or drains or throw in yards.When you do you are unintentionally destroying life."First do no harm to any living thing" Set up a place for it to evaporate.Use your imagination ,give it some thought .You could use the leftover salt in Northern climates in winter to melt the snow on your sidewalks.Or save it and some day return it to the ocean.

no, No, NO!

Never, never return anything from your aquarium to the ocean!!!

What life are you worried about destroying by flushing it?

delor-02
03/12/2015, 09:08 PM
I dump mine down the toilet but have recently started to worry about this. For people in Iowa, etc. it may not be a big deal but I live in Houston and worry about it possibly getting out into the bay/gulf. Is this a legit fear? Could An invasive species make it from my toilet to the Gulf?

Pretty sure your waste water from your house doesn't dump directly into the gulf. If so, you better ask for a huge refund from your water/wastewater company!