How Eco-Pure Peat Moss Biofilters eliminate or reduce MOUNDED septic System
Engineers who designed septic systems built before 1990 were not required to address high water table issues. These older systems’ disposal fields were constructed with no regard for the high water table, thus, during the high water table season (winter) these disposal fields were partially or completely under water. This did not allow for any septic tank effluent to be properly filtered before dripping back down into the groundwater, causing pollution during this time of year.
In 1990, a new septic code was written, requiring engineers to address high water table issues. This new code gave homeowners, needing to replace their systems, and whose property is in a high water table, only one option; they had to install a mounded septic system. Not only does a mounded septic system detract from the home’s aesthetics, in many cases, it may reduce the home’s ability to sell.
Thanks to Eco-Pure Peat Moss Biofilter technology this is no longer the case. The enclosed, water-tight Eco-Pure module (which replaces the conventional disposal field “Zone of Treatment”) can be set in the water table, allowing no ground water to enter, keeping the “Zone of Treatment” dry. Septic tank effluent leaves the tank, and by gravity or through the use of a small horsepower effluent pump, will flow out to the Eco-Pure module. The effluent will drip over layers of peat moss, producing a 99.9% pure wastewater by-product. This cleaned effluent is carried out to a disposal bed for evaporation into the air and percolation into the water table.
Eco-Pure Peat Moss Biofilter Service Program
• As per the NJDEP, 2008 Peat Biofilter Wastewater Treatment Systems Guidance Document, paragraph J (under “Services”), every installed Eco-Pure Peat Moss Biofilter System in New Jersey is required to have an annual, renewable service program.
• NJSMG’s Semi-Annual Peat Moss System Service Program provides preventative maintenance and monitoring. The service includes, but is not limited to; two (2) annual visits to check the peat moss module and to clean the septic tank’s effluent filter. Additional system components (if present) will also be checked (septic and pump tank(s), effluent pump(s) and disposal field inspection ports).
• Septic Tank Pumping. NJSMG recommends that the septic tank be pumped once every 2 years (not included in the Service Program).
• The Semi-Annual Peat Moss System Service Program helps the homeowner comply with regulations set forth by the NJDEP and enforced by local Board of Health Departments. These are positive regulations that help and support homeowners who own septic systems. New Jersey has taken a proactive approach with this alternate technology by requiring that all three parties involved (Manufacturer, Installer and Homeowner) share the responsibility to keep the system functioning and trouble-free.
• The required service program will help insure that our drinking water stays pure and that the environment is protected from the hazards of malfunctioning and out of date septic systems that are abundant throughout New Jersey.
• A cost comparison: The average homeowner with sewer may pay over $400 a year for service, which is comparable to NJSMG’s Semi-Annual Service Program. Pumpout not included.