The Wastewater Management Unit aims to establish Environmentally Sound Wastewater Management in Jamaica in-order to significantly reduce and prevent the adverse impact of wastewater from domestic, agricultural and industrial activities on natural resources and eco-systems. The Unit provides communities, companies and individuals with environmentally friendly anaerobic wastewater treatment systems, technical assistance and training in the operation and management of these systems. The SRC has successfully commissioned over 360 systems which include biodigesters, Up-flow Anaerobic Sludge Blankets (UASB) and Biodigester Septic Tanks (BSTTM) to replace soak-away pits. The SRC has a patent for the BSTTM. These easy to maintain, cost effective systems utilize waste to produce energy, giving life to the saying ‘turning trash into cash’. Products of anaerobic technology are organic fertilizer, biogas (alternative energy) and treated wastewater that can be used for irrigation (reducing use of potable water) or returned to water bodies without harm. The systems propagated by the SRC are compliant with NEPA standards.
Spiraling fuel costs have increased the need for alternate forms of energy such as Biogas, which is relatively cheaper than other sources of fuel, such as Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) and electricity.