Last week, Sylvester Manor Educational Farm installed an innovative wastewater treatment system on the property. The system is designed to recirculate wastewater through a subsurface, constructed wetland and will be used to treat the effluent water from cooking, laundry and restroom facilities serving the farm’s educational programs and general visitors. The project is the first non-proprietary commercial pilot system in Suffolk County, and the goal is to reduce contaminants in wastewater, particularly nitrogen compounds, before they travel via groundwater to the bays.
Excess nitrogen has been identified as a major cause of the algal blooms that have plagued surface waters and triggered fish kills. The installation of this system by Natural Systems Utilities takes advantage of natural processes.