Water fleas found in our sewage treatment systems

Scarab's Cyclops - fleas in package plants

Family? Perhaps not. But I loved these delightful creatures non-the-less.

When we installed our very first (trial) Scarab sewage treatment plant, at the late John Bizzell's small holding in Drummond - KZN, we were pretty anxious to see if this contraption would actually work. This was in 2002.  John was an architect, and so he designed and built the infrastructure, sewerage pipes and concrete works. He also wanted to see this new design work, particularly on his property.

The small treatment system went in, connected up, and fired up. Tonto (aka Gary Brown) came through and visited the system, went away professionally insisting it would never work - said all this stuff had been tried before. Soon after that, Durban metro sent no less than three officials to inform John that he had an " illegal " sewage system on his property, and should be removed, without delay, failing which, he will be issued with a fine. Then Umgeni Water, who are the KZN water supply professionals, visited the installation, took a series of samples, and completed their evaluation.

I was checking the sewage system one weekend, when I noticed something strange in the final settlement tank.  I had never seen this anywhere before - ever. Or since. This water had always been crystal clear, but today it was cloudy. Scooping out some of the water, I found what looked it like mosquito larvae, swimming around. But these were much smaller, like a dust - many thousands of them!!  I took a 2 litre sample home, 'state captured' my son's microscope, and then chatted to Mrs Know-it-all (aka Google). She identified them as cyclops copepods,  a harmless fresh water crustacean, commonly known as water fleas. A good omen. (These creatures are often used to test water quality in rivers and dams - if they are present, and alive, water quality is good enough to sustain life. And if something can live in Scarab's final effluent, then it's got to be good.

As for Durban Metro - I told them our package plants have fleas, and they never bothered me again.

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