WWETT Product Preview: Onsite Septic Systems and Components

WWETT Product Preview: Onsite Septic Systems and Components

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There are many reasons to attend the Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport (WWETT) Show. The education courses, networking with other industry professionals and a concert with 25-cent tap beers are all great reasons to attend. But then there’s the exhibit hall. Products from more than 600 companies take up the entire 540,000 square feet of the Indiana Convention Center. This year, exhibits are spilling out into the hallways.

You won’t want to miss this. (Register here if you haven’t already.) Here’s an advance look at some of the onsite systems, tanks, components and other equipment you can check out in February.

Advanced Drainage Systems
The Septic Stack System from Advanced Drainage Systems is available in configurations of nine, 11 and 13 pipes. The units allow for soil contact without the use of gravel, functioning as a trickle filter, dispersing effluent into the voids in and around the specially banded ADS pipe. This pipe is engineered with holes and slots, allowing it to collect and disperse the effluent as it passes over the corrugations in the pipe. Systems are available for use in both residential and commercial applications in trench, bed and mound configurations, as well as pressure dosing. 419/424-8275; www.ads-pipe.com; Booth #6119.

The retrofit Aerobic Remediator (ARU) from Aero-Stream helps restore failed systems and provides simultaneous nitrification/denitrification. The diffuser is designed to lower TSS and BOD and can be installed through a 3-inch opening. The UL-listed device induces oxygen directly into septic tanks, turning passive anaerobic environments into active aerobic environments. After conversion, the microorganisms reduce the organic matter in the tank by 80 percent and suspended solids by 60 percent. The cleaner effluent reverses the aging process and eliminates the clogging biomat. Within weeks, systems are restored to full functionality. 877/254-7093; www.aero-stream.com; Booth #4225.

Alderon Industries
The Vizzy’larm Verizon cellular-based alarm panel from Alderon Industries will send a text message on an alarm condition. It has three digital alarm inputs, an analog input and internal temperature sensor. The digital alarm inputs can be activated using standard float switches or WaterSpotter flood and sump sensors. Use the analog input to monitor levels in a holding tank. A 9-volt rechargeable battery provides battery backup. It can be activated by visiting www.vizzysite.com. 218/483-3034; www.alderonind.com; Booth #3033.

Airashell from Anua is a modular biofilter with a very small footprint. The air treatment system removes a variety of noxious odor compounds and can handle high variability in compound concentrations. It is prepackaged with recycled seashells, which protects the environment while reducing solid waste. The seashell media acts as a host for biological activity and a catalyst for pH neutralization. Chemicals are not required, operation is easy and life cycle costs are low. Applications include manholes, lift stations, wastewater treatment plants, sludge processing facilities, manufacturing facilities, and solid waste or composting operations. 336/547-9338; www.anuainternational.com; Booth #4200.

Ashland Pump
The AGP-HC200 grinder pump from Ashland Pump has a cutting-edge radial portion that grinds waste into fine slurry, while the axial portion cuts and chops stringy solids and other forms of non-human waste into pieces small enough to pass through the small-diameter discharge pipe. This small-diameter pipe (typically 1 1/4 inch) gives the grinder pump an up-front capital advantage. 855/281-6830; www.ashlandpump.com; Booth #2268.


MicroFAST systems from Bio-Microbics are recommended for various residential/commercial property needs of any size, from upgrading existing systems to new construction. With a small footprint, systems are integrated into a standard septic tank and do not require additional space. They offer high levels of nitrogen removal (NSF/ANSI 245), and with the SFR feature, intermittent operation of the blower reduces electricity usage up to 45 percent and can provide improved nitrogen performance in specific situations. 800/753-3278; www.biomicrobics.com; Booth #5221.

Crust Busters
The Crust Buster hand-held power agitator from Crust Busters has an 80-inch shaft and a two- or three-blade propeller that mixes a 1,000-gallon septic tank in five minutes. Options include 2-, 4-, 6- and 9-foot extensions, and a short three-blade shaft that adapts to the two-blade unit. 763/878-2296; www.crustbusters.com; Booth #4051.




The EarthBuster can serve as an alternative to conventional repair and replacement of drainfields, and can improve new installation. It mounts to skid-steers, tractors and excavators, and uses a probe to inject compressed air into the ground at depths up to 6 feet. It loosens compacted or clogged water channels, breaks up biomat and provides needed oxygen, restoring septic percolation better than original installation. One operator can complete a field in about three hours. 406/215-1588; www.earthbuster.com; Booth #1208.

Eljen Corporation
The GSF (Geotextile Sand Filter) from Eljen Corporation is a nonmechanical advanced wastewater treatment and dispersal technology that provides treatment and dispersal in the same footprint while keeping installations easy and maintenance minimal. Independent testing verifies that the unit’s performance is compliant with NSF/ANSI Standard 40 and provides advanced treatment of septic tank effluent to better than secondary levels. 800/444-1359; www.eljen.com; Booth #4259.

Franklin Electric
The FPS IGPH Series of high-head grinder pumps from Franklin Electric are engineered for the tough demands of higher head conditions found in many low-pressure sewage transfer applications. Available in an automatic or manual version, they use a proven cutter system with tight clearances for superior grinding at 414,000 cuts per minute. They incorporate two non-clogging impeller stages for efficient pumping of sewage slurries with a shut-off head of 200 feet. They have 16 full-load amps at minimum head requirements of 100 feet. 866/271-2859; www.franklinengineered.com; Booth #2442.

Hedstrom Plastics
Septic tank covers from Hedstrom Plastics help eliminate riser systems. Kits are available in 18 and 24 inches, and are made from polyethylene UV-protected material, yet are lightweight for easy installation and transportation. They can be sand-filled, or can be ordered foam-filled for additional strength. Gasket and safety screws come standard, along with optional custom nameplates for displaying a company name and number. 888/434-5891; www.hedstromplastics.com; Booth #1319.


Infiltrator Water Technologies
IM-Series plastic tanks from Infiltrator Water Technologies are lightweight, durable and watertight, providing strength in an easy-to-install two-piece design. They include a 500-gallon pump tank, a large-capacity 1,500-gallon septic tank and 1,800-gallon potable water tank. The tanks enable shallow, multiple and serial tank installation options. All have integral heavy-duty lids that interconnect with the TW Riser System, structurally reinforced access ports, reinforced structural ribbing and fiberglass support posts to provide additional strength. No special installation, backfill or water filling procedures are required. Tanks can be pumped dry during pumpouts. 800/221-4436; www.infiltratorwater.com; Booth #5248.

Jet Inc.
The J-500-800PLT plastic tank from Jet Inc. offers a lightweight alternative to concrete J-1500 Series BAT Media Plants. The tanks offer variable treatment capacity from 500 to 800 gpd. They are rotational molded out of lightweight polyethylene material to offer a seamless tank with strength and durability. They are easy to transport and install in difficult site conditions, and are locally supported by a global network of trained and certified distributors. 800/321-6960; www.jetincorp.com; Booth #2275.

Field and Line Cleaner from Lenzyme/Trap-Cleer effectively helps restore clay fields. It can be used in jetting machines to clean lines and leave a bio-coat in the line. It works on all septic systems, going to work immediately. The cleaning agents and strains of bacteria cleanse deeply into the field, helping to cause a disruption with crystalizing biomat or grease buildup. 800/223-3083; www.lenzyme.com; Booth #3026.

Netafim USA
Bioline dripline from Netafim USA is designed for use with systems ranging from domestic-strength septic to secondary-treated wastewater. It delivers effluent precisely over a broad pressure range, continuously purges any debris and has an antibacterial coating that prevents slime buildup. No special handling is needed and no chemicals are required to protect against root intrusion. It can be used in any soil and no specialized installation equipment is needed. By delivering effluent without the imbalance of trench and pipe or chamber systems, it can be used in environmentally sensitive areas, tight soils, slopes and odd-shaped areas, as well as for beneficial reuse. 888/638-2346; www.netafimusa.com; Booth #6420.

The Hydro-Kinetic Bio-Film Reactor from Norweco is a high-performance, low-maintenance, no-energy solution to wastewater treatment. Its attached growth filtration media provides a level of wastewater treatment that exceeds the U.S. and Canadian standards. It is installed after any onsite wastewater treatment system to produce a clear and clean effluent prior to discharge to an absorption area. The compact, one-piece design weighs less than 500 pounds and is easily transported and installed. 800/667-9326; www.norweco.com; Booth #2456, 2457.

Orenco Systems
Biotube ProPak pump packages from Orenco Systems are complete, ready-to-install pump packages in a box. They include a Biotube filter cartridge that filters up to two-thirds of solids. Only liquid from the tank’s clear zone is pumped, significantly reducing the load on the drainfield. Biotube filters are easy to remove and clean without pulling the pump vault. They can be used for filtering and pumping effluent from single- or dual-compartment septic tanks to gravity or pressurized discharge points. Their pump vault technology eliminates the need for a separate dosing tank, reducing system cost and footprint. 800/348-9843; www.orenco.com; Booth #5231.


The PL-250 effluent filter from Polylok is designed to handle up to 3,000 gpd with 250 linear feet of filtration. Like the company’s other filters, installation is easy. All filters are designed with functionality and longevity in mind. 877/765-9565; www.polylok.com; Booth #2000.




Premier Tech Aqua
The ready-to-use polyethylene Ecoflo Biofilter from Premier Tech Aqua integrates 100 percent coco, a renewable and recyclable filtering media capable of sustaining higher organic loads, making it 50 percent more compact than previous models. With a 600 gpd capacity, the 1,000-pound shell is easy to handle for a variety of machinery and suitable for four-bedroom homes, small residential developments, small businesses and all site conditions, including high groundwater tables. Integrated dosing volume reduces the final footprint by eliminating excess tanks and lids. A complete maintenance program is provided by a network of local service partners. 604/346-8199; www.premiertechaqua.com; Booth #4118.

Presby Environmental
The EnviroFin passive onsite wastewater treatment and dispersal system from Presby Environmental is designed with the same principles as Enviro technology. It is designed to ship easily and fit into a smaller space than other Presby technology, while maintaining high treatment levels. 800/473-5298; www.presbyenvironmental.com; Booth #6001.


Septic Drainer from RCS II works on repairing the soil in a septic drainfield due to hardpanned soil issues. Hardpanned soil is soil that combines with sodium to form a layer of soil that will not allow air or water flow. The sodium in a septic system comes from diets, soap and water softeners. The average consumer discharges 56 pounds of sodium a year into a septic system. This hardpan soil layer causes aerobic bacteria to die off because of the restriction of airflow in the soil. An application of 4 gallons directly in the field lines after pumping and cleaning the field’s lines is required. The application amount is based on an average-size home consisting of a 1,000-gallon system or 180 to 250 feet of drainline. 518/812-0000; www.septicdrainer.com; Booth #6241.

Roth Global Plastics
The MultiTank from Roth Global Plastics can be used as a water cistern, pump tank, holding tank, rainwater tank or septic tank. This is possible due to its special construction of an inner layer of FDA-approved virgin HDPE, two inside layers of PE for improved stability, plus one outer layer of black and UV-stabilized PE. 866/943-7256; www.rothmultitank.com; Booth #4124.

Roto-molded septic tank lids from RotoSolutions are durable and economical. They are manufactured out of lightweight and durable materials for easy handling and transport. They are sold complete with hardware kits that include stainless steel components. The lids are sold in boxes of six and are made to fit 12-, 18- or 24-inch I.D. corrugated pipe. They can be used with or without the sand-filled option. They are easy to ship and install. 800/868-0973; www.rotosolutions.com; Booth #4237.


The 3G UV Wastewater Disinfection Unit from Salcor is proven for residential, commercial and municipal uses, and is UL-certified NEMA 6P Floodproof and NSF/Washington State Protocol six-month tested (with 21 upstream treatment systems). It inactivates pathogens, including superbugs. Rated at 9,000 gpd gravity flow, it is a reliable building block for large water recovery/reuse systems. When installed in 12-unit parallel/series arrays with ABS pipefittings, systems are disinfecting over 100,000 gpd. Gravity flow equalizes without distribution boxes. Identical modular units increase plant reliability, and reduce the need for spare parts, facilitating plant expansion. Each unit has a foul-resistant Teflon lamp covering, two-year long-life lamp, speedy installation, minimal annual maintenance and energy efficiency of less than 30 watts. 760/731-0745; Booth #3000.

See Water
The HLA Liquid Level Alarm Series from See Water includes the HLA type 1 indoor rated alarm, the HLA-4X indoor/outdoor robust alarm and the HLA-4X-X — a variety of models ranging from two to 10 alarm points. The alarm panels are ideal for tank monitoring, sewage pump chambers, sump pump basins and other liquid level monitoring applications. They are UL-listed. 888/733-9283; www.seewaterinc.com; Booth #5429.

Septic Services
The Retro-Air Rejuvenator System from Septic Services provides a complete drainfield rejuvenation system that can help return a failed septic system back to performance. It can be used in new or existing septic systems and can be installed in single- or multiple-compartment septic tanks. It helps eliminate clogged drainfield biomat and is recommended in aeration systems that are prone to backup. It is quick and easy to install and requires minimal maintenance. The unit is available in several models to fit specific applications. 800/536-5564; www.retro-air.com; Booth #3118.


STAAR Filter Systems from SeptiTech are designed for both domestic and high-strength wastewater. The simple, automatic and reliable equalization and clarification process treats high organic loads that integrate with other technologies and accessories. The biological trickling filter technology also maintains low levels of Nitrate-N with all below-grade components that fit in readily available concrete, plastic or fiberglass tanks. The smart system recognizes situations dealing with peak, low, intermittent or no-flow conditions, and allows the system to treat from 100 to more than 150,000 gpd for residential and commercial wastewater treatment applications. 800/318-7967; www.septitech.com; Booth #5221.

The Exterior Pump Control with exterior alarm from Septronics comes with a hands-off auto-switch. Turn the power to the pump totally off, run the pump manually with the flip of the toggle switch or put it on automatic to run via the float switch in the tank. Just plug in the pump, and plug in the pump switch (single or double float). Wire up the automatic reset interior alarm to a low-voltage line to carry the alarm float information back to the main power supply along with the power line supply for the pump. It comes in a Nema junction box that is already mounted on the pedestal. The unit includes a hook-up package for the tank. 888/565-8908; www.septronicsinc.com; Booth #2371.

Sim/Tech Filter
Pleated filters from Sim/Tech Filter are available for gravity effluent filtration in septic tanks and turbine pump filtration in pump tanks. Filtration size is 3/32 of an inch in two dimensions. Flow channels in the pleated material result in increased longevity. All filter types start at over 2,000 square inches of filtration area. The 45 percent open area (over 900 square inches) is equivalent to 800 linear feet of 3/32-inch slots. Various configurations and larger units are available. 888/999-3290; www.simtechfilter.com; Booth #2206.


SludgeHammer Group Limited
The S-800 aerobic bacterial generator from SludgeHammer Group Limited is certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 40 as an advanced treatment system for larger residential and commercial wastewater. High effluent quality allows for disposal with drip irrigation. Other models are listed with IAPMO to restore failed absorption beds. The unit allows introduced microbes to process waste in the septic tank, then the organisms migrate to and remediate clogged leachfields. Complete digestion reduces pumping and creates a healthy, porous biomat. It serves as an alternative to repairing or replacing failed absorption beds. 800/426-3349; www.sludgehammer.net; Booth #6169.


Tank risers from Tuf-Tite have internal supports or ledges to reinforce internal plastic safety lids. The ledges will strengthen the company’s plastic internal safety lids or a variety of internal safety devices made by others, such as concrete, fiberglass or rope netting. The riser lids come with all necessary mounting hardware including safety screws. 800/382-7009; www.tuf-tite.com; Booth #6108.


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