Why Treatment?

Why Choose Treatment?

Treating wastewater before disposal is beneficial to the environment, public health, and your pocketbook.  Conventional septic systems discharge raw sewage directly into the natural environment and rely on the soil to both treat and dispose of wastewater.  The ‘biomat’ that clogs the pores in the soil is not a good thing, but actually a serious soil contaminant of sewage and pathogenic microbes.  Putting sewage into soil for treatment is akin to putting garbage into the oceans for treatment, or putting sewage into rivers for treatment, etc.  Yes rivers and oceans do treat contamination eventually but they degrade the water quality at the same time; the same for soils.  Treating sewage before disposal, either into soil or water, is justifiable from an economic and health perspective and provides sustainable septic system infrastructure in your back yard.

There is no way to verify the level of treatment in soils, and without verification there is no way to determine whether your conventional system is treating as presumed or just polluting the soil.  Without verification, you will not know if a problem exists until it causes a failure and costly repair, or a serious environmental and public health risk.

Conventional septic systems have been identified by numerous government agencies across North America as potential sources of fecal coliform, virus, and nitrogen contamination.

Soil classification is inexact and subjective, and soils can vary greatly across a property.  By taking the treatment out of the soil and into a consistent, permanent and thoroughly tested filtration medium independent of the natural environment, a Waterloo Biofilter takes the guesswork out of septic systems.

Verification of treatment is easy with a Waterloo Biofilter.  With trained and authorized maintenance providers looking after your system, you can mitigate potential problems before they become health hazards or costly repairs, and you can contribute to a healthier environment.

By verifying treatment levels and identifying potential problems early you can be sure that your Waterloo Biofilter is not polluting the environment or our source waters.

Treated effluent is much easier to dispose of in soil due to the far lower organic and suspended solids content.  This greatly reduces the chances of a plugged disposal bed and costly replacement.  In many jurisdictions, treating wastewater before disposal also allows you to have a smaller system footprint, enabling you to make better use of your property and keep more of your trees and vegetation.  If you are planning an extension on your house or own a small or difficult lot, treatment may be the only option that allows you to fulfill your property plans.

Why Choose Waterloo?

The Waterloo Biofilter technology is a very simple, robust, and consistent decentralized wastewater treatment solution.  We have been designing and manufacturing advanced onsite septic systems since 1991 – almost as long as anyone in world.  The Waterloo Biofilter has been proven effective by numerous independent third-party testing programs – even in cold climates and without the need to heat sewage.  We offer a variety of different below and above-ground Biofilter configurations making it easy to find one that suits your property and tastes.

With no media replacement and very low energy use, our wastewater treatment units have the lowest long-term operating costs of any tertiary treatment technology, including recirculating sand filters.

Our network of trained and authorized installers and designers will work with you to deliver a state of the art septic solution in a professional and courteous manner.