Your Questions Answered
Innovative technologies tend to attract a certain number of urban myths.
Here are some common myths along with the facts that refute them.
Medication taken will cause the system to fail.
Household cleaners will kill the worms.
Worm Farm Waste Systems will have a septic smell.
Q: What is a Worm Farm Waste System?
A: A non mechanical, single chamber system processing sewage, wastewater and organic waste using worm technology.
Q: What household detergents may I use?
A: As detergents are heavily diluted with water, normal cleaners are suitable. Undiluted bleach would be the exception.
Q: What garbage can I put into the system?
A: All kitchen waste including food waste, meat, citrus, onions, garlic, weeds (shake the soil from the roots, worms live in soil, they do not process it) animal faeces.
Q: How does the system look when the installation has been completed?
A: Normally the system is installed below ground. Above ground will be a compost bin for disposal of organic waste and a vent pipe which is a 150mm diameter pvc pipe 4 metres high with an air ventilator. This vent pipe may be attached to the building if preferred.
Q: Is the system approved by State and Territory Governments?
A: Yes, we have permits to install in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, ACT, South Australia and Northern Territory.
Q: Will my Council permit the installation?
A: Yes, some Councils require Soil Reports, but this applies to any wastewater treatment system. Before having a soil test conducted it may be beneficial to speak to us first.
Q: How do I get a permit to install from my local Council?
A: A & A Worm Farm Waste Systems can prepare and apply to Council on your behalf. Any queries from Council will be answered by us.
Q: Does the system smell like a septic or over loaded treatment plant?
A: No, even when you lift the compost bin lid, you will be looking directly into the system where the organic waste is located, there is only an earthy smell.
Q: How much maintenance will be required?
A: Virtually maintenance free. The system is designed to be self cleaning. Unlike other systems on the market using worms, our technology ensures the worm castings do not remain in the system, they are automatically disposed of into the sub soil disposal area.
Q: What are the service requirements and how much do they cost?
A: As part of our approval conditions from each State, we conduct a service visit 6 months after starting to use your system. We recommend subsequent two yearly servicing for which there is a service charge.
Q: What Service Contracts are involved.
A: There are no service contracts required.
Q: What are the running costs?
A: If your site is hilly we would install a gravity system which requires no power connection. On flat sites we would install a pumped system. We install a small sump pump in the bottom of the system which activates on demand, if 100 litres of liquid is in the reservoir a float switch will activate the pump for approximately one minute. Unlike other treatment plants with multiple pumps that switch on and off all day whether you are using any facilities in the building or not. The Worm Farm Waste System uses very low energy with no noise when the pump switches on. A typical 4 bedroom dwelling would cost approximately $20 per annum (independently tested).
Q: Who conducts the installation?
A: We directly employ our installation staff who will arrive on your site in a company truck fully equipped to conduct the installation. As a company policy we do not sell these systems in kit form nor do we use local sub contractors to conduct the installations. Only trained, accredited personnel directly employed by this company undertake the installation.
Q: What happens if we go away for extended periods or ours is a holiday house?
A: The Worm Farm Waste System is ideal for intermittent use or will deal with shock loadings just as well. Unlike septic tanks which smell when they are under load or treatment plants which just stop working if you had a party. Running costs are zero for a pumped system if no one is at home.
Q: What happens if I have a large function?
A: The system has a huge capacity which can accommodate a large function.
Q: How do they operate in alpine conditions?
A: We have many installed in alpine areas. Ski lodges use them for sewage, wastewater plus the organic waste generated in the restaurants etc. Even though these sites mainly operate for only a few months of the year, the dormant worm eggs hatch once the system is used again.
Q: How do the systems perform in tropical climates?
A: We have many installed in the tropical areas of Australia. Hot or cold climates do not affect the system.