Justin Buchanan and I went on a maintenance run recently and inspected 7 Eliminite systems in about 2 hours. The reason we can do so many inspections in such a short time is because there is usually nothing for us to do other than collect a sample and look at the system. We read the counter numbers from the panel, open the lids, inspect the MetaRocks, pull a sample, do a quick flush on the drainfield and move to the next system. I cannot imagine arriving at the site and needing to remove feculent, septic saturated sheets to hose off or having to travel with a foam cube fluffer to loosen up saturated little foam meatballs.
Every system we inspected was producing wastewater that looked like the sample shown in the picture. Clear, odor-free and well below Montana's nitrogen limit of 24 mg/L.
I spoke with a government relations coordinator (Lobbyist) who works for a big manufacturer of onsite systems. Apparently, this company was very interested in the New Mexico study in which we participated. Our average total nitrogen for the duration of the study was about 7 mg/L. The PhD lobbyist took a stab at explaining the fundamentals of biological nitrification and denitrification to me because, in his experience, onsite systems cannot achieve such stellar numbers. He reasoned that our impressive results were probably due to "one little old lady wearing Depends," living in the house. He actually said that! I tried to explain to him that the people living in the home work from home and conduct business in their home. The installer informed me that Eliminite was chosen for that home because the people entertain regularly and he felt other systems would not be able to treat the flow from the house.
I have to admit his comment took me by surprise and it seems offensive of several levels. But, I guess it explains why, in his experience, onsite systems cannot acheive impressive numbers. In fact, it seems obvious that, considering his comment, their systems never produce results comparable to Eliminite, unless the system is not being used, of course.
Maybe the next set of requirements this company will include in their warranty, after the prohibition on using house-hold cleaners and antibacterial soap, will be that everyone in the residence needs to wear Depends undergarments when they are home. That might help their numbers but can you imagine the new inspection procedures?