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The Biolytix System

November 06, 2006

Posted by Mike Thomas at November 6, 2006 02:48 AM

Biolytix Cross SectionSeptic tanks have long been a source of trouble for home owners, industrial sites and municipalities alike. The most common complaint is well... the odor.

Would you believe that there is a system that uses natural aerobic processes to treat sewage, wastewater, sanitary items and food wastes into irrigation water? An Australian Company, Biolytix has Patented a process that uses worms, beetles and microscopic organisms to break down organic waste. Here is a description of the patented process...

The Biolytix Filter is a robust, organic soil ecosystem that converts sewage, wastewater, sanitary items and food wastes into irrigation water.

All the wastes are simply fed onto the Biolytix Filter bed using standard plumbing. The top layer is made up of coarse mesh bags with plastic media in them. This houses the wet soil ecosystem. It accommodates worms, beetles and billions of microscopic organisms. These soil creatures are vital “macerator” organisms, breaking up the organic material, converting the waste into humus and structuring it so that its drainage and air porosity are continually renewed and maintained indefinitely.

The organic matter particles then wash through and accumulate on the surface of a finely structured humus and coco-peat layer. Here it is reprocessed again and again and structured into a sponge-like filter matrix by the soil organisms that live in it. They constantly renew its drainage and aeration pores.

The fine structured compost has remarkable properties. It is 90% water by weight, yet has a high cation and anion exchange capacity. This means it adsorbs and holds back nutrients, chemical compounds and toxins for the trillions of living organisms to digest over time. (Competing treatment processes don't have this ability.) It also has powerful odour - absorbing capacity, which is why we can guarantee no odours.

Source: Biolytix - How it works

This process is fully aerobic, and requires no external energy input in the process. It is fully scalable to meet waste loads.  Unlike other technologies, kitchen in-sink-erators are encouraged, reducing organic food waste in landfills.  This system doesn't require a grease trap, doesn't need pumping out, and doesn't smell.

Most importantly, the system can produce effluent of a high primary treatment standard with the base model, through to high secondary standard in a single unit delux model, here's a quote about successful applications....

Many prestigous and discerning clients in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa already enjoy the benefits of Biolytix® Filtration for households and on a larger scale for golf course estates, eco-resorts, hotels and five star lodges.

Whether you need to supply or purify water for just one house, or save and recycle water and nutrients for a whole town, Biolytix® can help. We supply the highest performance decentralized water and sanitation equipment and services yet devised.

If you'd like to find out more about the award winning product, check out their website at biolytix.com

About the author:

Mike Thomas is a Civil Engineer designing and managing residential and municipal projects in Newcastle, Australia. He is dedicated to providing sustainable designs for sustainable communities. You can read more of his work at UrbanWorkbench.com



Comments

Dear Sirs.

We are a engineering company which desing, install and star up water and wastewater treatment system in Central America. We are very interested in this technology, specially because it seem to math very well with requirements in deveoloping countries. We have experiencie in several kind of biological wastewater treatment systems.

Posted by: JosLpez at November 30, 2006 04:18 PM

The Biolytix System does NOT WORK. As it is, the human waste piles up under the inlet pipe and usually blocks the system. The other issue is that the worms leave the castings and the remains have to be taken out every 18 - 24 months. A job no one likes to do. Shit every where in my garden.
Water Quality is terrible and no support from the company.

Stay away from it.

Jo

Posted by: Joanne Wolters at August 31, 2007 05:47 AM

Jo,

I am surprised by your comments about Biolytix because we are getting one. Do you use the unit purely for toilet waste and nothing else. Do you occupy your house continuously? How many occupants? What is your daily water use? How do you dispose of effluent - soakage trench or sub-surface irrigation? Did you get an soil engineering report for your block?

Derek Louey

Posted by: Derek Louey at March 11, 2008 02:03 AM

We are also interested in the product. I woud\ld like peoples feedback on this also. Derek did you end up installing the Biolytix?

Desii

Posted by: Desii at August 26, 2009 01:14 PM

Be careful of the Biolytix and the company.
I have had it installed. Normal sell. 20 year guarantee, $80 (australian) service once a year. Sounds great.
18 months later I finally get the service, the agent who installed it, was shafted and no longer works for them, some dodgy dude came and serviced it, it DOES NOT have a 20 year guarantee. It has no guarantee. You enter into a service agreement where you pay $399 a year, in case something goes wrong, (basically a insurance policy), other wise it's $299 a year for one service. Anything wrong, you pay for parts and fixing.
I'm now also told that because I'm in a humid climate, it may block up with biomass in 5 years, requiring a $4000 overhaus ( the system cost $13000 in Oz).

Be careful. It is a good system, just expensive and the company, I feel, is a bit dodgy.

Posted by: Mat at May 7, 2010 04:46 AM

Is the company still in business? i heard it had many changes and lost ground!

Posted by: roger at July 18, 2010 10:35 AM

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