Sep 28, 2007

NSF Develops New Testing Protocol for Septic Tank and Grease Trap Separating Devices

NSF International today announced the development of a new protocol that addresses the health impact and environmental protection of septic tank and grease trap (solid and liquid) separating technology. Labrie Environmental Group is the first manufacturer to certify its pumping and liquid-solid separating system to the protocol.

NSF Protocol P340: Septic Tank or Grease Trap Solid and Liquid Separating Devices was developed for equipment that separate septic waste solids from liquids in septic tanks or grease and solids from liquids in grease traps. The protocol contains requirements to evaluate the materials, design, manufacturing, and performance of these types of equipment.

Typical servicing of septic tanks or grease traps involves transporting a large volume of water to a disposal facility. Technologies have been developed to separate the solids from the liquids in septic tanks and grease traps, and then return the “treated water.” P340 now provides a means to test the effectiveness and efficacy of these devices.

Juggler is the first technology and equipment to meet the stringent requirements of NSF Protocol P340 and bear the NSF certification mark. Juggler is a pumping and liquid-solid separating system that services grease traps and septic tanks with no chemicals.

To meet the requirements of the NSF protocol, Labrie’s Juggler demonstrated compliance with the following requirements:

• Must be designed to return treated water to the septic tank or grease trap being serviced to prevent cross contamination.
• Must provide mechanical filtration -- the rated pore size of the filter mechanism shall not be less than 50 microns, so that beneficial biological flora can pass through the filter for return to the septic tank or grease trap.
• Must be designed so that the treatment process cannot be modified or altered by an operator.
• Must operate without the use of added chemicals.

CAPTION: The Juggler from Labrie Environmental Group is the first septic tank and grease trap separating technology that meets the new NSF protocol.