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Alberta Private Sewage Systems 2015 Standards of Practice dictates the minimum septic requirements in the Province of Alberta.  Sewage Treatment Solutions states that “minimum” is not nearly enough.

Our Philosophy

Thousands of private septic systems adhering to the guidelines of the Alberta Private Sewage Systems 2015 Standard of Practice are installed every year in the Province of Alberta.  Unfortunately however, an excessive amount of failed and failing septic systems are visible throughout the Province.  At Sewage Treatment Solutions Inc., we believe septic installation practices should exceed the Standards of Practice guidelines in order to curtail the significant number of failed or failing septic systems.  Throughout our over 30 years of septic related experience, it has become apparent that these septic failures can be reduced or greatly eliminated at an economical cost to the homeowner.

The Standards of Practice is a manual consisting of over 180 pages outlining the requirements and regulations of installing septic systems in the Province of Alberta.  The minimum requirements directly relating to sizing of a primary treatment system (the septic tank) is contained within only one half of a page of this 180 page document.  With over 100 pages of requirements in the Provincial guidelines devoted to design of fields and mounds, verses the 1/2 page of requirements for primary treatment, it appears that the regulations are focusing primarily on the “soils” to treat the majority of the septic effluent.  At Sewage Treatment Solutions we have proven that a properly designed primary treatment system in advance of the septic field or mound will achieve much more effective results.  The Standards of Practice guidelines is the law in the Province of Alberta with respect to private sewage systems and accordingly, Sewage Treatment Solutions regularly exceeds the Standards of Practice requirements.   A good example of this is apparent when examining one of the key factors for a properly designed conventional septic system is to increase the residence time, this is achieved by adding more tanks and tank compartments in order to increase the working capacity and opportunities for pre-treatment.  This in itself, will increase the value of the effluent there by dramatically reducing the potential of a failed system.  Simply put, by increasing residence time, a typical 4 bedroom home would achieve a working capacity of approximately 4,200 gallons.  This would then allow, in the majority of cases, a residence time of approximately 21 days, (4200 gallons / 4 people @ 50 Gallons/day), comparing this to the Provincial guideline recommendations of a 4.7 day residence time or 940 gallons, (4 people @ 50 Gallons/day).  The difference is an increase in the residence time of over 16.3 days, which in turn, substantially increases the quality of the effluent being dispersed to the septic field or mound.  Another example of how Sewage Treatment Solutions will endeavor to influence change and enhance current regulations through the use of our technologies and processes. 

Our Systems

Understanding that the treatment of septic waste water is a “biological process” provides a better understanding of how our technologies aid in this septic treatment process.  Research and development remains a continual daily commitment and being both manufacturer and designer of septic systems exposes us to crucial feedback in the development and refinement of our products and technologies.  By witnessing first hand scientific data we are capable of transforming these results into future products as well as refining existing technologies.

At Sewage Treatment Solutions, “we don’t just sell tanks”, we take the time and effort to design a septic system that will meet the needs of your home while providing a long lasting solution, all whilst staying within your budget.

Installations – What We Do Different

Information Gathering:  At Sewage Treatment Solutions the process looks something like this;

Initial Contact: 

  • Once contacted, client information is recorded on a professional in-house designed computer program
  • An Initial Questionnaire is filled out over the phone or sent to the client via email
  • Arrangements are then made for a site visit
  • No official pricing has been discussed, as it is impossible to give an accurate number at this point of the process

Site Visit:  

  • An appointment for an initial walk around your site is established to review site area and establish further processes.
  • A trained and “professional Sewage Treatment Solutions Representative” will visit your site.
  • Identification of possible treatment areas and discussion with you as to preferences and further processes.
  • Core soil samples taken and sent directly to the lab for analysis.
  • Measurements and photos taken for all requirements of permits and septic design.
  • Arial Drone Photos available when terrain does not allow access for measurements.
  • All information recorded on our professional in-house designed computer program.
  • No official pricing has been discussed, as it is impossible to give an accurate number at this point of the process

System Design:

  • A Complete Soil Profile is returned from the third party lab completed by a qualified registered lab technician.
  • Soil Results are recorded on our professional in-house designed computer program.
  • Sewage Treatment Solutions Certified Project Designer reviews results of the soil profile and with the assistance of our professional in-house designed computer program, designs several options specifically for your property.
  • A detailed report showing the options with the benefits of each choice is compiled and presented to you.
  • Pricing for each option of the design is provided and is broken down into each aspect of the project. (Primary Treatment, Secondary Treatment, Materials, and Installation).
  • A detailed set of instructions for each aspect of the system is supplied, therefore, if you wish to reduce your costs by doing all or some of the work yourself, you can.
  • Sewage Treatment Solutions Inc. will assist in providing installation options, such as;
    • STS approved supervisor to assist the customer in building their own system including dealing with safety code inspectors.
    • STS approved Supervisor to inspect prior to back filling.
    • Complete do it yourself package.
  • Sewage Treatment Solutions Inc. supplies you the customer with a detailed contract outlining the different aspects of the project, and the timeline for its completion

Exclusive STS Technologies and Products

RESIDENCE TIME:  To understand this section, it is imperative that you have a basic understanding of septic systems.  Please view Septic 101 and familiarize yourself with these components and terms.  Sewage Treatment Solutions uses HDPE  (High Density Polyethylene) tanks in the majority of our new installations.  Why?  HDPE and Poly Pro tanks have been well proven in the wastewater industry for well over 25 years.  Advantages include;

  • HDPE tanks will not break down unlike concrete tanks.
  • HDPE tanks can be totally sealed, and therefore, do not allow, for surface or ground water infiltration, thereby, reducing the potential of hydraulic overloading of the field or mound.
  • HDPE tanks are corrugated, thereby increasing the internal surface area.  This allows for a substantially greater amount of bio-film to grow within the tank, aiding in effluent breakdown.
  • HDPE tanks are relatively light, and can be handled with much smaller equipment, thereby, reducing the costs to the customer and making it easier for installation.
  • Our new HDPE Sewage Treatment Solutions designed tank will be available in 2018, a Canadian made septic tank made for the Canadian market.  This will be a more robust tank than other HDPE tanks and more economical than current HDPE tanks which are made in the U.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW FOR 2018 IS SEWAGE TREATMENT SOLUTIONS HDPE SEPTIC TANK.  CURRENTLY SITTING WITH OVER 30,000 POUNDS ATOP, THIS TANK IS READY TO ACCEPT MORE WEIGHT FOR CSA APPROVALS. Through the use of HDPE tanks versus traditional concrete tanks we can achieve the objective of  a greater residence time more economically.  Sewage Treatment Solution researchers have proven over these many years, that minimum standards are simply not enough and by creating a greater residence time, a dramatic increase in the quality of effluent occurs greatly reducing damage to a septic field or mound.  Our systems are designed with a minimum 20 day residence time, by having a greater number of tanks allows for filtered effluent to be discharged into multiple chambers.  This provides more control over discharge volumes, more capabilities for added treatment features and a reduced possibility of solids flowing from the initial chamber of the first tank.   

INSULATE DISCHARGE CHAMBER – “TERMINATOR”:  Sewage Treatment Solutions  uses our own patented designed Insulated Discharge System (IDS) called the “Terminator” which was developed by Sewage Treatment Solutions and is exclusive to us.  When effluent is discharged from the septic tank to the septic field or mound it is sent via pipe to later be discharged within a chamber which forms part of the septic field or mound.  Our insulated discharge chamber product, the “TERMINATOR” is the only distribution system with an insulation value, R12 to R24, this insulation value provides a number of advantages;

  • Dramatically reduces risk of freezing,
  • Dramatically improves bacteria performance because of a warmer environment within the chamber,
  • Dramatically reduces “Biomat” buildup due to the increased bacteria activity within the chamber,
  • Breathable material allowing oxygen into the chamber aids in bacterial growth and ultimately effluent breakdown,
  • Due to the insulation factor the unit does not need to buried as deep into the ground; this provides more oxygen access and reduced trenching costs,
  • The engineered material and design allows for vertical weight distribution, up to 1600 pounds per square foot,
  • Quick and easy to install – light weight for transporting and installing, comes in any lengths up to a maximum of 8 feet.

PLASTIC NON-INSULATED EFFLUENT CHAMBERS

Current chamber technology uses a plastic chamber which provide NO insulation value, in addition in order for oxygen to penetrate into the chamber the chamber has slits in it which also unfortunately allows silt and dirt to enter into the chamber risking the plugging off of the chamber.  To avoid risk of freezing the chamber will need to be situated lower into the ground increasing trenching cost.

 

 

BIOLOGICAL DOSING – Another Major Difference:  Sewage Treatment Solutions  specializes in the activation of a special formulated bacteria which doses into the septic system.  The same bacteria used in over 32 municipalities in North America this formulation is engineered to work both anaerobically as well as aerobically.

FIXED ACTIVATED MEDIA:  Promoting the growth of this bacteria is also enhanced by a fixed activated media providing both a greater surface area for bacteria to multiple and food source.

SUMMARY  As outlined, Sewage Treatment Solutions Inc. definitely takes a different approach to septic and wastewater systems, than most local installers. We are committed to not only finding the best solution for your property, we will keep it as affordable, and cost effective, as possible.  Sewage Treatment Solutions provides you with options. and not merely a single price.  Sewage Treatment Solutions is dramatically different in our approach to septic systems, and you can be assured that we will strive to give you the best quality system, for the lowest price possible.