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Old 05-05-2003, 02:08 PM
len brauer
 
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hope everyone is doing well? our northern mates are getting ready for
winter we down under are locked into drought, fires and an early
summer by all accounts.

at long last the house has had final inspection the 'nature-loo'
composting toilet is working very well, and only using wind to vent
the bin.

supplied with the loo was a couple of small bottles of concentrate
enzyme, what we want to know is, is this the best product to use?

is this process organic?

and above all if we need to be using it does anyone have any
experience sourcing it in bulk?

i've tried searches, and the product has no name or agents name.

will try and get motivated to take some more pics, we have been busy
mulching in bulk and re-doing the contour rips just in case it should
rain.

our bore is very low in production we have had to connect the tanks to
the system so we can water our food crops and keep our trees alive. we
did get 62mm the weekend before last.

len n bev
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Judanne
 
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Len,

Would this be the same sort of enzymes used in septic tanks? If so, I have
a bottle here called "Eco-Zyme B+" I got it locally in Tassie, but the
label on the back says it comes from Maxwell Chemicals P/L, 28 Thomas Rd,
Kwinana, WA 6167. Ph: 08 9419 4144.

I bought a house with a septic which I'd never had before and within a few
weeks of using it, it became rather smelly. The person I got the enzymes
from recommended using a cupful a week, but I've only ever used it when I
can smell the tank, so 5 litres has lasted a very long time.

Judanne in Tassie

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hope everyone is doing well? our northern mates are getting ready for
winter we down under are locked into drought, fires and an early
summer by all accounts.

at long last the house has had final inspection the 'nature-loo'
composting toilet is working very well, and only using wind to vent
the bin.

supplied with the loo was a couple of small bottles of concentrate
enzyme, what we want to know is, is this the best product to use?

is this process organic?

and above all if we need to be using it does anyone have any
experience sourcing it in bulk?

i've tried searches, and the product has no name or agents name.

will try and get motivated to take some more pics, we have been busy
mulching in bulk and re-doing the contour rips just in case it should
rain.

our bore is very low in production we have had to connect the tanks to
the system so we can water our food crops and keep our trees alive. we
did get 62mm the weekend before last.

len n bev
--
happy gardening
'it works for me it could work for you,'

"in the end ya' gotta do what ya' gotta do" but consider others and the
environment
http://hub.dataline.net.au/~gardnlen/



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I bought a house with a septic which I'd never had before and within a few
weeks of using it, it became rather smelly.


We've had one for the last 18 years (and now have another one at the
new house); no smells and we've never used enzymes. That your new one
quickly developed a smell with use, probably means you put something
down the system that interfered with the natural digestion process. Imho
the best way to take care of septic tanks is to let them work naturally
and be careful what you put down it; only fully digestible material of
organic origin.

What you want to avoid putting down any sinks, drains or lav flushes
is anything that kills bacteria (since they are what work on the
sludge). So, no bleach, disinfectant,harsh detergents, paintbrush
cleaner, oven cleaner etc. If I've used a bucket of disinfectant,
detergent and water to wash a floor, I throw it away outside well away
from waterways; ditto solutions used for soaking paintbrushes. I use
enzyme-free, "non-biological" powder in the washing machine and a
non-bactericide liquid for dishes. Large amounts of oil or grease are
bad for the tank so don't pour old oil down the sink or outside drains,
and wipe out frying or grill pans with paper before washing them.
"Disposable" nappies, pantliners and sanitary towels (the sort with
absorbent granules and plastic backing) and condoms should not go down
the drains either; but pure cotton tampons seem to get digested OK.

HTH

Janet
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Old 05-05-2003, 02:08 PM
Judanne
 
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Thanks for all that, Janet, but I don't think I've ever put anything like
that down the sink. The only things that may fit the bill were washing up
liquid and liquid for washing clothes. I had the septic pumped and the guy
that came (the only one locally) couldn't remember the last time it had been
done, but presumed that it would have been more than 5 years before. I
think the initial smell was because the seal had been broken and the tank is
just outside the back door with a slatted deck over the top of it, so it was
very noticable. No problems after, thought with the enzymes in it. As I
said, I've used very little of them as I'm very aware of what and what does
not go down the drains.

Judanne
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The message
from "Judanne" contains these words:

I bought a house with a septic which I'd never had before and within a

few
weeks of using it, it became rather smelly.


We've had one for the last 18 years (and now have another one at the
new house); no smells and we've never used enzymes. That your new one
quickly developed a smell with use, probably means you put something
down the system that interfered with the natural digestion process. Imho
the best way to take care of septic tanks is to let them work naturally
and be careful what you put down it; only fully digestible material of
organic origin.

What you want to avoid putting down any sinks, drains or lav flushes
is anything that kills bacteria (since they are what work on the
sludge). So, no bleach, disinfectant,harsh detergents, paintbrush
cleaner, oven cleaner etc. If I've used a bucket of disinfectant,
detergent and water to wash a floor, I throw it away outside well away
from waterways; ditto solutions used for soaking paintbrushes. I use
enzyme-free, "non-biological" powder in the washing machine and a
non-bactericide liquid for dishes. Large amounts of oil or grease are
bad for the tank so don't pour old oil down the sink or outside drains,
and wipe out frying or grill pans with paper before washing them.
"Disposable" nappies, pantliners and sanitary towels (the sort with
absorbent granules and plastic backing) and condoms should not go down
the drains either; but pure cotton tampons seem to get digested OK.

HTH

Janet





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