living machines

Cameron Little cameron.little at unsw.edu.au
Mon Dec 17 17:21:18 EST 2001


Hi Robyn,
> it flows into the reedbeds - once again no grinder. I do have to clean
> the accumulated muck off the top of the grease trap once or twice a year
> and process it through a rapid compost heap.

I have been wondering if you be able to process the solids out of the septic
tank back through a composting toilet rather than a compost heap?

What are your thoughts?

Regards,
Cameron

Cameron Little
Ecoliving Co-ordinator
UNSW Ecoliving Centre
14 Arthur St, Randwick,
NSW, 2031, Australia
ph 02 9398 8838
mob 0414 385 644
cameron.little at unsw.edu.au


> -----Original Message-----
> From: permed at nor.com.au [mailto:permed at nor.com.au]
> Sent: Tuesday, 18 December 2001 12:13:PM:
> To: permaculture
> Subject: Re: living machines
>
>
> >Very interesting and very cool.  I commend you on the
> >progress you have advanced. What is the first stage of
> >the process where the effluent enters (comparable to a
> >septic tank) where primary digestion occurs?  And do the solids
> pass through
> >a grinder before entering this phase?
> The flush toilet & kitchen wastewater goes diectly into a standard 1000
> litre septic tank where the solids settle out - no grinding or
> pre-treatment here. The waste water the gravity feeds into the reedbeds.
> We don't have one of those appaling grinding things in the sink as all
> our solid kitchen scraps go to the chickens or worm farm.
>
> The other system has a simple 2-chamber grease trap for greywater before
> it flows into the reedbeds - once again no grinder. I do have to clean
> the accumulated muck off the top of the grease trap once or twice a year
> and process it through a rapid compost heap.
> Robyn
>
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