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  • What is the difference between primary and secondary treatment of wastewater?

    Wastewater is a part of life - whether it is the water that is flowing down your bathroom sink, the liquids that are coming from your washing machine or the dirty water from your latest dishwashing cycle, wastewater is a big part of household or office waste. But, what happens to it after it m...

  • Home Wastewater Treatment and Groundwater

    Treated wastewater and groundwater are used among many homes everyday for a number of different purposes. Both are generally safe to use, unless they have been contaminated through pollution or incorrect wastewater disposal, which would pose a number of risks for the user. This article will pr...

  • Who is responsible for on-site wastewater treatment systems?

    Role of Homeowners and Wastewater System InstallersOn-site wastewater treatment systems are an important part of many homes as they treat wastewater so it can be safely reabsorbed into the surrounding ground. While there are a number of people involved with the entire wastewater proce...

  • On-site wastewater management considerations for Ipswich

    The City of Ipswich council area has a significant percentage of properties using on-site sewage facilities. In order to maintain a healthy environment around the area managing your wastewater treatment system effectively ...

  • Want to know a little more about on-site sewage facilities in Brisbane?

    The city of Brisbane is ever expanding, with more and more residents each and every year contributing to the economy and community. And, who can blame them? From gorgeous skylines to beautiful parks and waterways, there is plenty of beauty to draw you in.

  • Want to know a little more about on-site sewerage treatment systems in Moreton Bay?

    The Moreton Bay area is a wonderful place to live, with beautiful scenery, friendly people and a gorgeous environment. In order to keep the surroundings clean and the waterways unpolluted though, the disposal of wastewater is super important.

  • Want to know a little more about on-site sewerage facilities on the Sunshine Coast?

    Living on the Sunshine Coast is beautiful - you have the beach, the hills and the mountains, all within an easy drive. But, it is crucial to ensure that your household and its waste do not negatively affect the gorgeous surroundings, which is why it is super important to ensure the appropriate...

  • Aerobic vs Anaerobic Wastewater Treatment

    With around 200 - 300L of wastewater being produced per person, per day in Australia (yes, you read that right, per day), wastewater treatment is a big environmental issue across the country (and the world!). With that amount of w...

  • What is a biocycle?

    You have likely heard the term ‘biocycle’ thrown around if you have ever looked into getting a sewage treatment plant, especially if a home sewage treatment plant (HSTP) ...

  • What is the difference between wastewater and sewage?

    With the increase in environmentally friendly waste options available around the globe, the topics of wastewater and sewage have become more widely spoken about topi...

  • Types of wastewater

    What is wastewater?Wastewater is any water that has been affected by humans and can form from a range of activities, including domestic, commercial or industrial use, surface runoff or ag...

  • Can a septic system back up into the house?

    If the septic tank has a leak or it gets clogged, it can flood the leach field and sewage can back up into your sink, shower or household drains. Before we delve into the reasons behind the backup, the first step is to...

  • Should I turn off my AWTS when I go away?

    Wondering if it is safe to turn off the Aerated Wastewater Treatment System (AWTS) or Home Sewage Treatment Plant (HSTP) when you are going away for vacations? You have come to the right place as we can help you with this conundrum. Can I switch off my AWTS? N...

  • How does Anaerobic Wastewater Treatment work?

    Anaerobic Treatment Process Anaerobic treatment is a biological treatment process in which microbes convert the organic matter in the absence of oxygen. The anaerobic bacteria digest the biodegradable matter present in the wastewater. How does it work? Anae...

  • Can I reuse treated wastewater?

    Recycling Wastewater in Homes Water is a precious resource and considering the shortage of water and drought conditions prevalent in Australia, it is important to conserve, reuse, and recycle water as much as possible. In case you are wondering what happens to the

  • How to Reuse your Home's Wastewater

    Every bit of water saved counts. As long as we have enough water supply for our daily usage, we do not think about much about our water usage. And it leads to perfectly clean drinking water going down the drain. Even though we don’t have restrictions for water usage, it is prudent to use water...

  • Guide on how the on-site wastewater treatment Australian Standards updates affect you

    In January 2021 updates to the Australian Standards AS1546.3:2017 which govern the use of on-site wastewater treatment systems came into effect in most states across the country, with Queensland to start applying the upda...

  • What is Greywater and Blackwater?

    Types of Wastewater - Greywater and Blackwater Every day the water we use in our household ends up becoming wastewater. The wastewater, depending on where it was used, and any chemicals in it ends up either as blackwater or greywater. For example, the water used in toilet is heavily...

  • Why wastewater testing is important to contain Covid-19 outbreaks?

    Covid-19 is transmitted from person to person via the respiratory system through sneezing and coughing directly, and indirectly via contaminated surfaces. Water and sanitation systems are not the first priority in managing Covid-19 as the virus is not waterborne. However, wastewater treamtent ...

  • What is the Best Wastewater Treatment Plant?

    Discover the types of the most popular domestic sewage treatment plants. Learn the pros and cons of different types of wastewater systems to decide the right one for yo...

  • Septic Tanks vs HSTPs : How do they compare?

    If you are considering introducing a wastewater treatment arrangement to your property, there are different options available depending on your household and their needs. From septic tanks to home sewage treatment plants, wastewa...

  • HSTP considerations in Somerset

    Guidelines for on-site sewerage facilities in the Somerset Regional Council areaAreas of the Somerset region which are not connected to the mains sewer infrastructure require some form of private wastewater treatment system. Under council guidelines, there are several different option...

  • Difference between home & council sewage treatment system

    Residential vs Council Sewage Treatment System Wastewater is treated either in council operated wastewater treatment plants or

  • Types of Secondary Treatment Systems

    Wastewater can be treated in a variety of ways, with septic tanks and home sewage treatment plants offering some of the most common arrangements across Australia. They also offer different levels of treatment, which many p...


  • Can a normal plumber install a wastewater treatment system?

    Do regular plumbers have the appropriate qualifications?Are you looking to have an on-site sewage treatment facility installed onto your property, but don't know whether your regular plumber is qualified to complete the installation? Domestic wastewater treatment systems are far more ...

  • Can you install your own wastewater treatment system?

    Planning to install your own wastewater system?If you are not connected to the municipal sewerage system, the chances are you might have to install a Septic System or

  • Need to know about wastewater approval processes in QLD?

    When it comes to wastewater in Queensland, we have a few different processes and procedures for the installation of treatment facilities on properties around the state. From small homes to large scale areas and anything in between,

  • What approvals are needed for on-site sewage facilities in QLD?

    We know, we know... on-site sewage facilities aren't exactly the most exciting topic to talk about. They are designed to literally treat the stuff you put down your sink or any other piping in your home, so it's a messy and kinda yucky conversation, but it is super important.


  • What not to put in your wastewater treatment system

    What you should never put in your wastewater or septic systemThere are a few hard and fast rules about what not to put in your wastewater system which ensure it stays healthy for many years. Whether it’s a septic tank or a more complex wastewater system, some things are definitely bet...

  • What are the common issues with on-site sewage facilities?

    If you have an on-site sewage facility already installed on your property, or you are needing to have one installed, it is important to be familiar with a range of information regarding them. This ensur...

  • Health ramifications of poor waste treatment

    Why do we need to treat wastewater? In some countries, sewage and wastewater are not managed correctly or people do not follow sanitary procedures. If people are living in unsanitary conditions, there are a number of epidemics that may occur from contaminated water-related diseases. ...

  • What is denitrification in wastewater treatment?

    Denitrification converts a harmful contaminant into a harmless gas which can be safely discharged into the environment. It is the process in which nitrogen is removed from the wastewater. An over concentration of nitrogen (and carbon) can cause significant environmental issues such as a...

  • Routine Wastewater Testing Requirements

    How often is a permit needed to operate a wastewater treatment system? Onsite sewerage facilties (OSF) or Home Sewage Treatment Plants (HSTP) require approval before installation an...

  • Do Domestic Sewage Treatment Plants Need Emptying?

    Have a domestic sewage treatment plant? Properties located in off-grid, rural areas are usually not connected to the public sewage system. And the onus falls on the homeowner to handle the wastewater treatment on their property. ...

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Why Use Express Wastewater Solutions?


    Because we are not a manufacturer and not tied to one particular system we can always offer the best solution for your wastewater needs.


    Because we do this every day we have developed a close knit expert team for every step of the process – from plans and council paperwork to excavations, electrical and plumbing. We handle it all to make the whole process as stress free and quick as possible.


    Most people have never installed a home sewerage treatment plant and don’t know the next step, that is why we offer a free 30 minute phone consult with one of our experts to point you in the right direction.


    We handle your wastewater installation from start to finish we can deal with all the trades, council everything so you don’t have to worry about a thing.


    Have peace of mind knowing that Express are licensed, insured professionals that will do your job right the first time.


    Not sure what system is right for you, or want to know if your system is working properly? Just give one of our friendly wastewater experts a call and they will be more than happy to help.


    We will always look to repair your system rather than replace it if it does not need to be, which will generally save large amounts of money sometimes up to and over $10,000.