Product Focus: Septic and Sewer Systems

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Advanced Treatment Units

Delta Treatment Systems ECOPOD

The ECOPOD series for advanced wastewater treatment from Delta Treatment Systems is easy to install, low maintenance and effective in reducing levels of nitrogen, BOD and TSS. The simple design can treat 500 to 1,500 gpd for residential systems and up to 250,000 gpd for commercial systems. It is NSF/ANSI 40 and 245 certified to exceed Class I requirements for effluent quality. The intra-tank bioreactor can be inserted into an average-sized round or rectangular concrete, fiberglass, or plastic onsite wastewater treatment tank or vault. It uses a fixed-film process that is stable, reliable, and robust and is customizable for individual residential installations, cluster designs, and small- to medium-size commercial applications. It minimizes sludge production, reducing pump out frequency, and a remote monitoring system is available. It is FHA and VA acceptable and is suitable for intermittent usage. 800-219-9183;

Eljen Geotextile Sand Filter

The GSF, or Geotextile Sand Filter, advanced wastewater treatment and dispersal system from Eljen is designed to provide treatment and dispersal in the same footprint, easy installations and minimal maintenance. This product is used for both commercial and residential applications. Utilizing a two-stage pretreatment process, the geotextile modules apply filtered septic tank effluent to the soil and increase the long-term acceptance rate. Open-air channels within the module support aerobic bacterial growth on the module’s geotextile fabric, surpassing the surface area required for traditional absorption systems. The result is simple installations in a smaller soil absorption area. The system is tested and certified by NSF to NSF/ANSI Standard 40. 800-444-1359;

Norweco Singulair Green R3

The Singulair Green R3 water reuse system from Norweco reduces water consumption, reuses treated effluent and recycles water to conserve and recharge water resources. It provides a solution to chronic water shortages and reduces energy costs associated with water and wastewater treatment. The system quietly, efficiently and automatically treats all incoming wastewater to the highest level for restricted indoor and unrestricted outdoor use, according to the maker. The system exceeds the effluent requirements of NSF/ANSI Standards 40, 245 and 350. It qualifies for green building credits under both the LEED rating system and the NAHB ICC 700 National Green Building Standard. 800-667-9326;

Commercial Treatment System BioMicrobics HighStrengthFAST

HighStrengthFAST wastewater treatment systems from BioMicrobics are scalable wastewater solutions for commercial properties of all sizes. They are engineered to treat wastewater containing high BOD concentrations and often having higher FOG levels than standard sanitary-strength sewage. Models are available to treat 900 to 9,000 gpd and are designed for extreme environments such as specialty food/beverage/agriculture applications. 800-753-3278;

Jet Inc Commercial Systems

Commercial Wastewater Treatment Extended Air plants and newer MBBR Plants from Jet Inc. are modular in design, can treat varying strengths and flows from 1500 to 300,000 gpd and allow for phase build-out. This makes it possible for convenience stores, motels, shopping centers, and service stations to be constructed along interstate highways far from any town. Decentralized systems and subdivisions can be developed miles beyond sewer lines. Factories can be erected in rural areas. These systems can also be used for pretreatment before discharging into central systems to reduce overall system load. The time-tested plants, utilizing a variety of controls, treat wastewater through an aerobic digestion process that enables microscopic living organisms to transform wastewater into a clear, odorless liquid. The company offers assistance with design, engineering and construction, as well as onsite 24/7 tech support, plant start-up commissioning and operator training. 800-321-6960;

Disinfection Equipment/System

SALCOR 3G UV Wastewater Disinfection Unit

The 3G UV Wastewater Disinfection Unit from SALCOR is used for residential, commercial and municipal applications, and it is UL-certified NEMA 6P flood-proof and NSF/Washington State Protocol six-month tested (with 21 upstream treatment systems). It inactivates bacteria/virus pathogens, including superbugs. Rated at 9,000 gpd gravity flow, it is meant as a reliable building block for large water recovery/reuse systems. When installed in 12-unit parallel/series arrays with ABS pipe fittings, systems can disinfect more than 100,000 gpd. Gravity flow equalizes without distribution boxes. Each unit has a foul-resistant Teflon lamp covering, two-year long-life lamp with efficient installation, minimal annual maintenance and energy use of less than 40 watts. 760-731-0745;

Excavation Equipment

Ditch Witch BH782

Whether contractors are loading, digging or moving material, the Ditch Witch BH782 backhoe attachment is designed to help contactors stay efficient on a variety of earthmoving tasks. It is available with a standard mini attachment plate and is compatible with Ditch Witch’s fleet of mini stand-on skid-steers starting with the SK800 through the SK1550. The attachment offers a standard 12-inch bucket and can dig up to 78 inches. With a 180-degree swing radius, it can help improve operator agility and efficiency on the job site. To maximize productivity, it is equipped with a dual independent machine stabilizer. For increased multifunction performance, it offers intuitive operator controls to maximize job site uptime. It also comes with a single plug-and-play harness to integrate and install the harness to the machine more easily and seamlessly. 580-336-4402;

Soil Surgeon  hydroexcavating tool

The Soil Surgeon hydroexcavating tool fits any sewer combination truck equipped with a telescoping 6- or 8-inch boom. The tool has a 1-inch water connection. The operator controls water pressure and power through truck controls. It has a 6-foot Tuff-Tube with handles to guide the unit down for potholing or side to side for trenching. Six jets boring inward cut the soil, while six boring outward bring the tube down. 949-363-1401;

Grease Bacteria/Chemical

Duracable Manufacturing ProClean Drain Line & Grease Trap Treatment

ProClean Drain Line & Grease Trap Treatment from Duracable Manufacturing can reduce the need for grease trap pumping by as much as 65%. It uses a high concentrate of selectively adapted bacteria to degrade greases, fats, long-chain fatty acids and other organic wastes. Suitable for commercial locations such as restaurants, where a heavy concentration of waste products can clog drains quickly, it builds a biofilm of microbes on the walls of drainlines and grease traps. It works continuously, consuming grease and organic waste before it has a chance to build up. It is safe to use around food processing areas. For best results, use with a Time Flow Meter, also available from Duracable. 800-247-4081;


Ashland Pump effluent pumps

Heavy-duty effluent pumps from Ashland Pump are available in multiple horsepower sizes for various performance requirements and have efficient permanent split-capacitor motors. The oil-filled pumps have an upper and lower ball bearing design and handle solids up to 3/4 inch. They are made of cast iron, with cast iron impellers and equipped with a piggyback switch (20-foot standard cord) or in manual configurations. They are offered in 3/10, 4/10, 1/2, 3/4, 1 and 1 1/2 hp models. 855-281-6830;

Franklin Electric Little Giant Pit+Plus

The Little Giant Pit+Plus package from Franklin Electric is known for providing an all-in-one solution for light duty wastewater management. Each package includes a roto-molded polyethylene basin – the pit – combined with the user’s choice of Little Giant pump. The addition of the 1 hp grinder pump option joins the already available 4/10 and 1/2 hp sewage pump choices. The basin is available in two sizes: the 24x24 JR or 20x30 SR. The Little Giant 16G Series 1 hp grinder pump has a cutting mechanism modeled after the unique design used in larger Franklin Electric models and delivers proven performance. The heavy-duty 1 hp Class F motor provides optimal power to prevent flushables and other debris from clogging and causing downtime. 844-250-4982;

Liberty Pumps ProVore 

The ProVore grinder from Liberty Pumps is designed for use in applications where the addition of a bathroom or other fixtures below sewer lines requires pumping. It has the same V-Slice cutter technology used in the Omnivore Series. Powered by a 1 hp motor, this smaller grinder is designed to operate on a standard 115- or 230-volt circuit, requiring only a 20-amp breaker. No special wiring is needed. The pump comes with a 2-inch vertical-style discharge and a standard leg pattern matching the LE Series. This allows for an easy retrofit into existing systems, according to the maker. Compact factory-assembled systems are available in simplex and duplex versions: the ProVore 380 and ProVore 680. 800-543-2550;

Polylok PL-CPE4A

The Polylok PL-CPE4A is a submersible, 4/10 hp, 115-volt, single-phase effluent pump with a 2-inch NPT vertical discharge. It has a maximum head of 38 feet and a maximum flow of 56 gpm. The pump is designed with a 3,450 rpm oil-filled permanent split-capacitor motor and has an amp rating of 6.6 for 115 volts, a rugged cast iron housing and volute equipped with a cast iron vortex impeller capable of passing 3/4-inch-diameter solids. The stainless steel shaft is supported by two single-row, oil-lubricated ball bearings. The shaft seal is an inboard design with a secondary Exclusion V seal. It has a 20-foot UL/CSA-listed power cable suitable for submersible service and fitted with a three-prong plug. The unit is supplied with an integrated clip for the included piggyback mechanical float switch and used for automatic operation. 888-765-9565;

Webtrol Pumps VS5A24

The VS5A24 from Webtrol Pumps is a versatile solids-handling and dewatering sewage ejector pump suitable for residential sewage applications. It has a 1/2 hp motor, 2-inch discharge, and passes 2-inch solids. The motor is continuous duty, and three-phase models are available. It is designed with recessed cast iron vortex impellers and volutes and a stainless-steel motor housing. It also has a double mechanical seal, potted epoxy cord seals, and a maintenance-free design. The pumps can be guide rail mounted. 800-769-7867; 

Pump Control

SJE Rhombus Installer Friendly Series (IFS)

Installer Friendly Series (IFS) single phase panels from SJE Rhombus have been redesigned to feature an easy-to-use color LCD on the inner door for programming and system monitoring. Use the menu navigation to select Pump Hand/Off/Auto mode, convert between demand or timed dose operation, adjust pump activation levels, and switch between traditional floats or the C-Level sensor for continuous level monitoring, all while in the field. Users can also check the Tank Level Indication and setpoint monitoring at-a-glance. The simplex panel controls one 120/208/240V single phase and the duplex controls two 120/208/240V single phase pumps. Both models are housed in lockable 12- by 10-by-6-inch NEMA 4X enclosures, made with ultraviolet-stabilized thermoplastic. This product is UL/cUL listed. 888-342-5753;

 Septic System Bacteria/Chemicals

Century Chemical Bio-Tab

Bio-Tab from Century Chemical is a tablet that sinks to the bottom of septic tanks where buildup problems begin. There, self-reproducing bacteria and enzymes gradually dissolve to create a growing area of activity, digesting and liquefying organic waste — treating the entire system, including the drainfield. Common household chemicals such as antibacterial products, bleaches, detergents, or a heavy presence of antibiotics can kill already low levels of bacteria in the septic system. When this happens, waste is no longer being digested, resulting in buildups of solids that plug the system and give off offensive odors. The tablets are able to establish themselves by working from the inside out, and regular usage — combined with routine pumping — can aid and support the natural digestion of waste, helping septic systems to maintain good working condition. 800-348-3505;

DRAINBO Septic System  Treatment and Cleaner

DRAINBO’s Septic System Treatment and Cleaner takes care of the complete septic system from beginning to end via its three paths of action. First, starting at the mainline it digests buildup to ensure the line is free flowing year-round. Second, it increases digestion in the tank to ensure it is running at peak performance. Third, it works its way into the leachfield, eliminating biofilm and sludge buildup that lead to system failure. It can also be used weekly over an eight-week period to rejuvenate failing systems. It does all this while being certified safe and all-natural. One treatment treats up to a 2,000-gallon system and only needs to be used quarterly to insure peak performance. Private labeling is available. 877-372-4626;


Lenzyme is an enzyme-bacteria product used as a septic biological maintainer, drain cleaner and sewage treating agent in the home and in industrial, commercial and municipal installations. It can be packaged in the company’s brand name or private labeled. It may also be used in formulations designed for a given condition or application, such as drains, septic tanks and cesspools, and for industrial and commercial application. It is approved by the USDA for use in sewage and/or drainlines of official establishments operating under the federal meat, poultry and egg products inspection program and is only sold to licensed contractors. 800-223-3083;

Oatey Hercules Bacta-Life 

Hercules Bacta-Life from Oatey is a concentrated powdered product formulated to bacterially repopulate recently pumped septic systems. It is a blend of specialized microbes, highly potent enzymes, micronutrients and growth accelerators to digest grease, soap scum, starch, proteins, carbohydrates and cellulose/paper. The product disperses quickly on contact with water, and immediately begins to break down deposits and neutralize odors in wastewater systems. It contains no acids, caustics or solvents and is safe for use in all areas of wastewater plumbing. It enhances the natural biology of cesspools, septic tanks and drainage areas. It removes heavy buildup in traps, drains, sewers and sump/lift stations when used on a regular basis. Regular use maintains free-flowing drains and sewers and helps keep septic systems at full activity. It can also be used in commercial grease traps, for sewer and drainline maintenance and backyard composting. 800-203-1155;

Septic Tank

JMI Pumps Systems low-profile poly septic tank

JMI Pumps Systems has partnered with Norwesco to offer a low-profile poly septic tank. These one-piece tanks come in 1,000, 1,250 and 1,500 gallons, with either one or two compartments. They include internal support columns that help increase the tank’s integrity while preventing tanks from moving during backfilling. Depending on soil conditions, these tanks typically can be buried deeper than other poly tanks, making them ideal for concrete replacements. These low-profile poly tanks can be easily brought to jobsites by the contractor, which in turn alleviates downtime from waiting on a concrete tank to be delivered and placed. These tanks can also be simply moved on job sites without large equipment, making them ideal for hard-to-reach places. 800-234-5490;

Septic Tank Components

Pagoda Vent 

Vent pipe filters from Pagoda Vent provide septic field microbes with the oxygen needed to thrive. They give concrete tanks gas release to mitigate microbial-induced corrosion and provide pressure relief for pumps. They provide proper ventilation, while remaining inconspicuous and attractive in the landscape. The units are durable, lightweight and will not rust. An optional odor filter cartridge using a specialized concentrated media offers years of lasting odor control and fits concealed in the device, according to the maker. 888-864-1468;

Superior Signal 5E  Electric Smoker

The 5E Electric Smoker from Superior Signal offers an efficient solution to find difficult leaks and odors in residential and commercial plumbing systems or septic tanks. Connect the blower to any plumbing clean-out or vent with the appropriate-size smoke candle to force smoke through faults and cracks, easily identifying sources of odor and hard-to-find leaks. Smoke candles produce a highly visible, nontoxic smoke and are biodegradable. They are manufactured with zero-waste stream and include labels printed with vegetable-based ink on recycled paper as well as biodegradable, recycled paperboard tubes. The unit does not generate harmful exhaust gases and handles all residential and commercial smoke-testing applications. The unit comes with an 8-foot, industrial-grade flex hose, weighs 8 pounds and requires no maintenance. 800-945-8378;  


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