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Permit application for vermicompost flush toilet (worm septic, solviva vermifilter)

 
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I am working on getting approval for a permitted vermicomposting septic system on our rural property in New Mexico. If anyone has any research papers, data, or information that can help I would appreciate it!  I will share everything I have found as well.  I hope we can come up with a pool of resources to use in efforts to get systems approved by our local or state governments.

I have found other related threads here on Permies, especially lots of great information by and about Wendy Howard's work in Portugal, and about Anna Ebey's work in Massachusetts. Most of the posts are from 6-8 years ago. I would love more concrete references to the kinds of docs that building / environmental departments want to see before they will be convinced.

Here are some of the links and information I will be using in my application.  

Commercial systems available (to show acceptance elsewhere)
Naturalflow - a manufacturer in New Zealand selling vermifiltration septic systems https://naturalflow.co.nz/
Worm Farm Waste Systems - an Australian company providing vermifiltration septic systems https://www.wormfarm.com.au/
Waterflow - a wastewater treatment company in New Zealand comparing various types of treatment, including vermifiltration https://waterflow.co.nz/products/wastewater/
BioFiltro - a manufacturer which makes large-scale vermifiltration wastewater systems (for, e.g., dairy farms). BioFiltro was founded in Chile but also has a U.S. office and American clients such as wineries and dairies. https://biofiltro.com/

Wendy Howard's great resources
http://www.vermicompostingtoilets.net/why-worms/ lists several research papers -- especially useful if you have access to a university subscription or somesuch
http://www.vermicompostingtoilets.net/design-construction/ I will be using Wendy's open source design as reference material in my application, along with our specific drawings of what we intend to build based on her work, tailored to our site
http://www.vermicompostingtoilets.net/function-maintenance/ I will similarly use Wendy's maintenance information as reference material

If you know of any other resources I (or others) could include in our application packets, please add them to this thread!  Thanks so much.

(And HUGE gratitude to Wendy Howard for all of the great open source materials!)
 
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I hope you are able to get it permitted. Maybe they will require that you call in a company to pump the "tank" after you plug the outlet pipe.

If you still can't get it permitted. Maybe you can have a IBC sized lift station that you then pump to your regular septic tank. It will just so happen that your lift station has woodchip in it.
 
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S Bengi wrote:I hope you are able to get it permitted. Maybe they will require that you call in a company to pump the "tank" after you plug the outlet pipe.

If you still can't get it permitted. Maybe you can have a IBC sized lift station that you then pump to your regular septic tank. It will just so happen that your lift station has woodchip in it.



If worse comes to worst, I think they will let me have the worm bin but send the effluent needlessly into a septic tank. They won't make me dump the contents of the worm bin into the septic, because we are allowed to compost humanure here.
 
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I have seen a worm system as mentioned from Australia working well.
The owners report it does the job well as far as they are concerned.
BUT they went away and the watchkeeper turned the power off to the system, killing the worms.
 The power point or switch should have had a lock, but nobody thought of it at the time.
That of course could happen with any system.
 
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John C Daley wrote:I have seen a worm system as mentioned from Australia working well.
The owners report it does the job well as far as they are concerned.



Cool!  Great to hear!

John C Daley wrote: BUT they went away and the watchkeeper turned the power off to the system, killing the worms.
 The power point or switch should have had a lock, but nobody thought of it at the time.
That of course could happen with any system.



Thankfully the Solviva version does not use any power, so won't have that particular problem... On the other hand, being above ground, it might have other problems like freezing, etc.

Thanks for the info!
 
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