Carrying out the Dirty business: Septic Trucks

Trucks are a common and widely used transport vehicles that carry goods all over our busy roads. They are essential to the operation of our economy and ensure that business operations may be carried out on a daily basis. A septic tank on the other hand is a large metal container that stores sewage waste. These tanks are often buried underground which is why you probably have never heard of them before. They are a part of a standard rural sewage system. You see, every time you press that lever after a trip to the toilet, the sewage flows into the tank. Due to gravity, the heavier solids drift towards the bottom, leaving the top as relatively free flowing liquid. Some of the solids break down while the free flow water is generally allowed to seep into the earth. The convergence of truck and sewage tank occurs when a truck is needed to eventually empty the sludge inside a tank when it gets too full.

This truck is often referred to as the “honey wagon” operates in a rural environment. The good these trucks carry ranges from contaminated waters, the sludge out of a cesspool and anything else from individual sewage dump sites. The truck then hauls its load to an approved dump station or industrial cesspool lagoon where its contents can be taken care of. Both tank and truck are an integrate part to a system, serving as key components.

While most of the population can live without knowing what happens after we press the button to flush, it may be hard to imagine a career that revolves around human waste. However, waste management is probably one of the more important aspects to human existence. More sophisticated septic tanks allow power to be generated through utilizing methane gas and reusing waste as fertilization is great for farmers and the environment.
That said, the next time you hear someone mention about a “honey wagon” truck, it is probably wise to refrain embarrassing yourself in confusing what load these trucks actually carry.