Starting mostly with concerns about agricultural runoff, we have become more and more aware of the potential problems that excessive levels of nitrogen can have on soil and water in our community. Studies in Florida have looked at this problem because excess nitrogen in the soil can cause plants to focus their energy on growing leaves (reducing the growth in other areas like flowers, fruit and root growth). Over time, this can weaken trees, making them more likely to fall or fail. Also, with the importance of citrus and other agricultural activity, we want plants to produce lots of good fruit. Excess nitrogen in water also causes problems, including overstimulating the growth of algae and aquatic plants and reducing the oxygen level in the water (which is not good for aquatic animals).
The good news is that there is something we can do to reduce the amount of nitrogen released around septic systems – we can use passive nitrogen septic systems. The Florida studies have shown that this type of septic system can reduce nitrogen levels by as much as ninety-five percent. Passive nitrogen septic systems are becoming more and more popular in Florida and other areas as these advantages are being recognized and promoted. Traditional septic systems create a lot of nitrogen in the area around their drain fields. Passive nitrogen septic systems work actively against this problem. Materials like wood chips, sulfur or limestone can be used to help mitigate the problem.
Every situation is different, but passive nitrogen septic systems have proven to be a great option. Consult with a professional septic company to see what the best choice for your building and lot may be.