Garden Master News

Welcome to the fully refurbished Garden Master Waste Water Solutions website. Here at our news page, you can keep up to date with regular articles surrounding the work being completed by our Garden Master team in the world of innovative wastewater solutions. See some of our successful projects taking place all across Australia and around the world, as well as view any other important events taking place here at Garden Master.

Keep tuned for regular new posts.

Commercial Wastewater

Wastewater System Installation at Arhnem Land Barramundi Lodge

Alongside Wastewater Australiaour team at Garden Master fitted a cutting edge wastewater treatment plant for OutbackSpirit Tours, at the Arnhem Land Barramundi Lodge. The lodge is one of the Territory’s premier lodges for Barramundi fishing, enjoying an incredible location along an escarpment approximately 18 km’s out of Maningrida. It has been completely redeveloped with the guest accommodation each being refurbished with complete luxury furnishings, ensuite bathroom, air-conditioning, front deck and of course our state of the art wastewater treatment plant.

The lodge offers unique fishing licences, allowing access to some of Arnhem Land’s most pristine and remote waterways. After you’ve partaken in fantastic reacreational fishing, the in-house chef will prepare freshly caught Barramundi for you. The restaurant features a large deck and boasts sensational views, the perfect spot for a magical sunset over the Tomkinson River floodplains.

Due to the Eco-sensitive nature of the location the treatment plant had to be capable of producing a consistently high quality effluent with nutrient removal capabilities. Reliability was another factor in the design.The treatment plant was designed to minimise power usage as the resort runs on a combination of solar power and an on-site generator. Along with the main treatment plant, 3 individual pump stations were installed around the site.

The Arnhem Land Barramundi Lodge is available solely for fishing during the months of March & April, and October & November each year.This is due to the water temperatures increasing and the barramundi being at their most active. For the months of May through to September the lodge is exclusively used to accommodate tours operated by Outback Spirit. The abundance of culture, breath-taking landscapes and of course prime recreational fishing, makes the lodge truly one of a kind.

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For all enquiries call the Arnhem Land Barramundi Lodge +61 8 8983 1544 or email

Commercial Wastewater

Ngauwudu Safari Camp Septic System Service

Our operations manager Mark Versteegen and service technician Warren had the pleasure of servicing our treatment plant at the Ngauwudu Safari Camp located in the Mitchell Plateau region of the Kimberley. Ran by Outback Spirit Tours,  the Ngauwudu Safari Camp is one of the most eco-friendly facilities in the Kimberley. This region is one of the most captivating places in northern Australia, being home to some of the most spectacular waterfalls, rock art galleries and scenery in the world.

 The Safari Camp is extremely diverse, being home to stunning natural features and a distinctive array of plants and animals. Due to the eco-sensitive nature of the location, Outback Spirit Tours invested in environmentally friendly systems. This included having designed and fitted  a class leading effluent treatment plant by ours truly. When designing the plant our team had to take into consideration the sensitive nature of the location, ensuring the treatment plant was capable of producing a consistently high quality effluent with nutrient removal capabilities.

The luxurious $4 million camp is just as breathtaking as its surroundings, featuring 14 spacious Safari Suites and leading facilities. Both Mark and Waz were treated exceptionally during their stay, and were lucky enough to enjoy some of the regions beautiful natural wonders. “If there is one thing you need to do in life it is to visit the amazing Mitchell Falls.” Just some of the perks of creating sustainabe wastewater solutions for Australia’s most incredible environmental feats!

Commercial Wastewater

Alaskan Journey

Last year our partners Wastewater Australia were shortlisted as one of three possible solutions by the Alaskan government to remedy serious water access problems in the northern US state, which had led to a range of health issues. A lack of access to fresh water had spurred the government into looking at ways to install closed-loop recycling systems in homes so water from showers, washing machines and other uses can be cleaned and used over and over again. We are proud to say Wastewater Australia were selected for the international project, with the proven technology of the ultraGTS being shipped to Alaska.

Alaska’s Unique Climate

Alaska is the largest and most sparsely populated U.S. state. It’s known for its diverse terrain of open spaces, mountains and forests, with abundant wildlife and many small towns. With bears larger than bison, national parks the size of nations, and glaciers bigger than other US states. Alaska is definately an epic place! As you can see on the right, Alaska is one of the coldest places on earth, with record lows of -62 degree’s celcius! This brings unique challenges to the Alaskan government and community.


Treatment System Installation

After months of planning and years of development, two state of the art ultraGTS Greywater Treatment Systems were installed in the wilds of Alaska. In conjunction with Alaskan engineering firm, Summit consulting, the two companies formed an alliance to improve environmental and sanitation outcomes throughout the remote communities of Alaska. In extreme conditions the two companes brought together a mix of unparalleled knowledge and with the undeniable performance of the ultraGTS, the Alaskan government have seen a tremendous results.

Our team at Garden Master and Wastewater Australia take part in major projects all across Australia and around the world. Each project is unique, bringing forth different challenges arising from ranging climates. From the searing heat in Darwin during summer, to freezing in Alaska, each system is tailored specifically to fit the needs of our clients. Our experts work hard to develop systems taking into consideration all our clients needs, whether that be surrounding capacity or weather. Our fit-for-purpose approach is not limited to major scale projects, we ensure every installation is tailored to our clients needs, including your backyard. Stay tuned for new upcoming projects!




Un-sewered areas, what are the alternatives?

We are encouraged to create a pollutant-free world, and for good reason. If you’ve just purchased a property in an un-sewered area, you might be thinking about installing a new waste system or you might be thinking the existing one is fine.

If there is an existing septic treatment, it’s important to note how aged it is and how well it works. Outdated septic tanks do more harm than good. In fact, Aerated Water Waste Treatment Systems will offer real advantages over old systems. Here’s why!

What’s Wrong with Outdated Systems in Un-sewered Areas?

Older septic systems can be costly to you and they also pose a real threat to both water quality and the health of others. Outdated septic tanks may:

  • Be poorly built and designed

  • Have expensive pump out services

  • Leak frequently

  • Be non-compliant with NSW Government Health regulations

Choose an Aerated Water Waste Treatment

An aerated water waste treatment system is the perfect alternative to outdated septic tanks. The Garden Master Elite System is proven to be one of the most premium aerated waste treatments available. It accepts all waste from the bathroom, toilet, kitchen and laundry before processing it into clean, odour free water. This water is then irrigated onto the garden, meaning your garden is always looking its best and you’re contributing to a sustainable environment.

How Is an Aerated Wastewater System Installed?

Garden Master’s Elite System is installed with ease and professionalism. Once you have obtained council approval, the system is manufactured exactly to the specifications required for your property. It is then tested thoroughly, delivered, and installed on your site, all as part of the package. The system requires only standard plumbing and electrical connections. It’s serviced every 3 months and extra servicing can be provided in between this time if necessary. A Microcomputer Control Unit will alert you of any problems through a remote control alarm panel conveniently located at the back of the house.

Choose the Garden Master Solution

Garden Master provides environmentally friendly solutions for both commercial and domestic properties across the Hunter Valley, Central Coast and Greater NSW. We believe wastewater treatment and recycling is not only far more efficient than relying on rainfall but also plays an essential role in relieving the stress put on water usage in Australia and around the world.

With more than 30 years of experience, you can rely on us to provide you with the best wastewater treatment products and services available. We’re available 7 days a week – contact us today to find out more!


Septic Tank Access Saddle

Just like your car, by law your septic tank must be serviced regularly to prolong its life and keep it operating efficiently and safe. Typically this is an easy process, with our qualified service technicians periodically servicing your system. However, in South Australia, Victoria and Queensland, many septic tanks are completely buried underground, making access for servicing and necessary maintenance difficult.Without good access and regular maintenance, it is easy for your tank to allow untreated sewage into the disposal area, threatening the health of their family and finances.

How Does the Septic Tank Saddle Help?

After extensive product reseach and development, our parent company Wastewater Australia designed and manufactured a septic tank access saddle. A septic tank access saddle makes it easy for septic tank owners and anyone requiring access to a septic tank to find, open and access septic tanks. This allows them to check on their operation and to pump out the contents when needed.  The saddle fits over your septic tank and raises the access cover to ground level, providing easy access to your septic tank. Once the new saddle is installed on your septic tank, there is no need to dig up your tank ever again.

The Septic Tank Access Saddle Itself

The septic tank access saddle is extremely lightweight and durable. Weighing only 22 kilograms the saddle can withstand superimposed loads of more than 1.5 tonnes! Designed to withstand a lifetime of use, the saddles sealing ring and lockable cover are made from composite resin of fibre glass and fillers formed under great pressure and heat. This makes the saddle and cover stronger than steel! The composite resin construction also ensures the access cover is light enough to lift. This complies with Work Health and Safety guidelines by allowing an individual to easily lift and remove the saddle when they need to. The cover is secured by three stainless steel bolts and cannot be removed without a socket spanner, making it tamper-proof.

Exacting Standards

The septic tank access saddle was specifically designed in alignment with all government safety requirements. Additionally, the septic tank saddles help you meet Australian Standard AS/NZS1546.1 by creating an access opening that allows for regular de-sludging of the tank. This fulfils the design, performance and testing requirements of septic tanks


Installation is extremely simple and can be completed in just 15 minutes. With the saddle only weighing 22 kilograms, a single worker can install the saddle without the assistance of further trucks or excavators.

To find out more about Wastewater Australia’s septic tank access saddles, call our expert team now on 1800 480 736 or visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch.


Water Saving Solutions

Most people want to cut back on their utility bills as well as make a difference to the environment. If you’ve ever lived through a drought, you have learnt the importance of saving water and how wasting water and can make a huge impact on your eco footprint. The good news is, there are plenty of ways to save water and many of them can be implemented immediately. You’ll see a difference in how much is coming out of your pocket to cover bills and you’ll feel better about building a sustainable future for yourself and generations to come.

 Here are a few water saving ideas to consider: 
Don’t Underestimate the Small Changes
You might think the only way to save water is to implement big changes but often it’s the smallest habits that add up to make a big contribution to your water usage. Change what you do little by little and you’ll notice the difference.

You can do things like:

  • Take shorter showers
  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
  • Wash your car with a bucket
  • Only run your washing machine and dishwasher when they are full
  • Use a watering can for your garden instead of a hose
  • Check and fix any leaking taps

Get Serious about Reducing Water Usage
All of the things above will make a difference to your bill, but if you’re really serious about becoming water wise, you might consider:

  • Investing in water efficient products: Water saving devices on shower heads and water efficient washing machines can greatly impact how much water you use each day.
  • Install a waste water treatment system: Thousands of litres can be wasted when using a watering hose for your garden. An efficient waste water system will recycle all your waste water back into your garden, which will save you a huge amount of money as well as be beneficial to the environment. This will make the greatest positive impact on your water usage.

Believe in the Garden Master Solution
At Garden Master, we believe in the environmentally friendly water saving solutions that we provide. Operating across commercial and domestic properties, our waste water and septic systems can reduce your bills and protect the environment. Rather than relying on rainfall, our systems harness the water that you already use to reduce water usage in Australia and around the world.

Operating across the Hunter Valley, Central Coast and Greater NSW, we have more than 30 years of experience. Trust us to provide you with the best wastewater treatment products and services available. We’re available 7 days a week and you can contact us right now to find out more!


Leaking from Your Septic Tank – What to Look for

Leaks from your septic tank can be hazardous, but with regular servicing, you would hope this wouldn’t occur. Unfortunately, these things do happen from time to time as a result of irregular servicing or faulty tanks (not ours of course).

For basic leaks, it is actually unlikely that you will notice them as this will occur under the ground. However, blockages and other complications will have much more noticeable signs that will give you a pretty clear indication it is time to get a service, a pump out, or even have your tank replaced.

Low Liquid Level

This is the most common indicator for a leak under the ground. It is likely that you wouldn’t notice this because you are continually adding liquid to the tank but this can be picked up when thoroughly inspecting the tank. You will be able to notice the liquid level is lower than normal, meaning it is escaping somewhere.
Liquid Flow Back or Pooling Water
If there is a blockage or your septic system is full, you may notice pooling water in the yard. When the tank reaches its capacity, solid waste can clog the pipes, which forces the liquid to the surface. This may look like you’ve had heavy rainfall and the grass is yet to absorb the water. If it does not absorb, it is likely liquid flow back.


Slow Drains

Slow draining water that cannot be fixed using septic safe drain cleaners or unblocking products may be the result of blocked pipes caused by a full tank. Keep an eye on your sinks, bathtub and toilet and pump out your tank if necessary.
Bad Smells
This is typically where you get a sense that something is wrong, even if you can’t see any visible signs. If there are unexplained, unpleasant smells persisting on your property, it’s worth contacting Garden Master to do a service and check for blockages.
Sewage Backup
In this situation, you would be at the critical point where it is time to call in expert help. This will happen in the lowest drains first, so if you have a basement and have noticed a bad smell, check there first. Sewage backup is messy and you should never try to clean it up yourself. Call for professional help immediately.

If you notice any of the above signs or simply feel as though there may be a leak or blockage, the best next step is to call Garden Master Waste Water Solutions. Septic Tank leaks can be unsafe and unsightly; it is always best to call in experts and resolve the situation as soon as possible to avoid further damage or complications.

Garden Master offers septic tank services, septic tank cleaning and septic tank installation from the Hunter Valley and across the Greater NSW region.

For any enquiries about your existing septic system or to get a free quote on an installation, give us a call on 1800 480 322 or submit an enquiry online.


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