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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 Projects

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. 

Maningrida, also known as Manayingkarírra and Manawukan, is an Aboriginal community in the heart of the Arnhem Land region of Australia’s Northern Territory. Maningrida is 500 km east of Darwin, and 300 km north east of Jabiru.

Arnhem Land Barramundi Lodge 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 recreational 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.

For more information head to barralodge.com.au/

For all enquiries call the Arnhem Land Barramundi Lodge +61 8 8983 1544 or email barralodge@nafa.com.au.

 

Sources:

Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maningrida,_Northern_Territory

Commercial Wastewater Projects

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 wastewater 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 wastewater 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 sustainable wastewater solutions for Australia’s most incredible environmental feats!

Ngauwudu Safari Camp

Commercial Wastewater Projects

Closed-loop Wastewater Recycling System Installation In Alaska

In 2018 Garden Master and our partners Wastewater Australia were shortlisted as one of three possible companies by the Alaskan government to remedy serious water access problems in the northern US state of Alaska, which had been leading 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 water 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 and Garden Master were selected for the international project, with the proven technology of the ultraGTS grey water recycling plant 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 definitely an epic place!  Alaska is one of the coldest places on earth, with record lows of -62 degree’s Celsius! This brings unique challenges to the Alaskan government and community particularly in relation to water in the winter months.

 

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 companies 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 wastewater 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!

Closed-loop Wastewater Recycling System In Alaska

Tips & Advice

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 wastewater system, septic tank or you might be thinking the existing one is fine.

If there is an existing septic treatment system, 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 use 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 local and state Government Health regulations

 

Choose an Aerated Waterwaster Treatment System

A residential 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, odor 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.

Septic Tank Water Cycle

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 Australia.

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!

Tips & Advice

The Dangers Of Poor Irrigation

A good irrigation system is necessary on any property.

Whether you’re building a new home or figuring out ways to save water and alleviate water damage, it’s important to know just how significant the impact of poor irrigation can be on your home. All homeowners should consider having an excellent quality irrigation system installed. The dangers of poor irrigation follow.

 

Below are some of ramifications of having poor irrigation:

 

Damage to Surrounding Concrete and Footpaths

Uncontrolled water from poor irrigation can eventually gather underneath or on top of concrete, causing it to become both aesthetically and structurally damaged. Paths in your garden, driveways, and even footpaths surrounding your home are at risk if they are subjected to continuous water build-up.

Higher Risk of Erosion

Excess water in your garden can cause the runoff of topsoil into surrounding drains. Not only does this significantly impact the environment, but it also means the root system of your lawn and plants is more likely to sustain damage due to losing the nutrients and protection that topsoil gives to them.

Wood Rot and Termites

Poor irrigation may result in rotting wood around your property or home. Termites absolutely love rotting, moist wood so if you’ve got irrigation leaks around wood, you need to think fast and resolve the problem before it causes major structural damage.

Increase in Pests

It’s not just termites that might invade your property if you have poor irrigation. There’s also the chance that you’ll have an increase of spiders and rodents on your property due to the increased moisture.

Dryness

Contrary to all of the above, if you have an irrigation system that isn’t leaking but is not releasing enough or any water, then you are basically running with no irrigation at all. This can leave your property dry, kill plants and trees in your garden, and leave your lawn looking damaged.

 

Choose the Garden Master Solution

Garden Master provides environmentally friendly wastewater solutions for both commercial and domestic properties across NSW, Victoria and the ACT and eco sensitive sites across Australia. 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!

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All About Wastewater Management

Water pollution is a serious issue across the globe; however, developments in wastewater treatment technology are helping us reduce pollution and use water more efficiently.

Wastewater is managed in different ways with varying degrees of effectiveness depending on where you are.

The differences between how countries deal with water pollution issues are determined by factors like social attitudes, wealth, development and the regulatory environment.

 

In Australia, advanced water treatment technology is implemented on a wide scale to reduce environmental pollution and overall water usage.

 

The Development of Water Treatment Technologies

As the impact of human lifestyles became increasingly apparent on the environment, the development of technologies that limited or prevented pollution became important. The scarcity of crucial resources in many places around the world also encouraged the development of water recycling systems.

In Australia and many other countries around the world, advanced water treatment systems help alleviate the damage caused by stormwater runoff and wastewater created in industries such as mining and agriculture. Businesses operating today in first world countries are subject to strict compliance requirements when it comes to treating and discharging wastewater back into the environment.

 

How Effective Are Water Treatment Systems?

Wastewater treatment technology has advanced over many decades. Quality industrial water treatment systems can now remove harmful pollutants like oil, heavy metals, hydrocarbons and dangerous chemicals. Some treatment systems use mechanical separation to remove solids and oils from water while others use unique compounds that bind with pollutants, making them easier to remove.

More commonly, domestic water treatment systems recycle wastewater from a household in a traditional septic system so it can be reused as greywater for toilet flushing, garden irrigation and more. This can reduce water usage by up to 50 per cent, reducing household bills and protecting the environment.

 

Wastewater Challenges around the World

Water pollution is a major issue for developing countries, particularly those that are in a period of rapid development and economic growth, such as China and India, but lack the necessary infrastructure to deal with the pollution that comes with this growth.

Many places lack sewage systems and sustainable agricultural practices, meaning waterways and groundwater become polluted by sewage, animal waste, carcasses, and industrial and domestic wastewater. The other issue is the lack of regulatory oversight, meaning wastewater is dumped into the environment without any consequences.

Another issue is that advanced wastewater treatment technologies are simply too expensive to implement on a wider scale. Some countries in developing nations are combating this issue with alternative solutions like constructed wetlands, a cheaper, albeit slower, way of treating wastewater.

 

Water Treatment Solutions in New South Wales

Garden Master provides commercial and domestic water treatment solutions across NSW, Victoria, ACT as well as many environmentally sensitive sites across across Australia. Our water treatment systems uses advanced technology, such as our microcomputer control unit, which monitors and controls the various stages of biological processes occurring through the system and can automatically detect faults.

 

Our team will install the unit and offer maintenance and support 7 days a week. To find out more, read our comprehensive owner’s manual.  Get in touch with the Garden Master team by calling 1800 632 582 or by contacting us online.

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The Environment & Wastewater Management

Wastewater is everywhere, from the water running down your shower drain to stormwater runoff from wet roads. This by-product of our modern lifestyle poses an enormous threat to the natural environment if not handled properly.

Advanced wastewater systems treat the water you shower in and drink so it can be repurposed for gardening, toilet flushing, and other uses. This reduces water consumption by up to 50 per cent, making better use of a scarce resource and cutting household bills. Most importantly, it protects the natural environment that we all rely on.

 

The Impact on Drinking Water

Wastewater is commonly discharged into lakes and rivers which are subsequently used as a source of drinking water. As the global population grows, ensuring a reliable supply of drinking water is crucial for largely barren, drought-prone countries like Australia.

Wastewater makes up a substantial proportion of the base flow in many rivers. When discharged on dry land, wastewater can seep into underground water sources. Effectively treating wastewater before returning them to the environment is thereby crucial for ensuring there is a sufficient amount of raw water available that is safe to drink.

 

Impact on Natural Ecosystems

Every ecosystem is dependent on water. When water is contaminated by sewage, chemicals or any other waste from human activity, those ecosystems we rely on are put at serious risk. Our natural environments are connected, meaning contaminants can spread further than expected. Contaminants in groundwater can spread to surface water and vice versa.

The most well-known effect wastewater has on marine environments is eutrophication. This describes a process where so many nutrients are dissolved in the water that it stimulates an overgrowth of microscopic plants. In turn, this results in the depletion of oxygen, which is bad for everything else in that ecosystem except anaerobic bacteria.

Another big issue is that some pollutants aren’t present at high enough levels to cause visible damage but can have a subtle impact over time. For example, two US studies found that low concentrations of pharmaceuticals and antibacterial agents in common soaps and detergents changed reproductive and other behaviours in some fish and frogs.

 

The Importance of Quality Water Treatment

Our unique wildlife and beautiful waterways are part of what makes nature in Australia iconic. Treating wastewater to high standards and monitoring marine environments is essential for protecting our ecosystems and securing our supply of drinking water.

Treating water also allows us to make better use of a precious resource. This is helpful for domestic households who want to reduce their bills but even more crucial for industrial applications. Treated wastewater allows farmers in areas with low rainfall or poor soil to increase their crop yields. It can be used for car washes, power station cooling, ornamental lakes, air conditioning and more.

 

Water Treatment Solutions in New South Wales

Garden Master provides commercial and domestic water treatment solutions across the Hunter Valley, Central Coast, Sydney, wider NSW.  In fact we’ve completed many wastewater projects in ecological sensitive environments such as fitting a cutting edge wastewater treatment plant for OutbackSpirit Tours, at the Arnhem Land Barramundi Lodge and installing and servicing a treatment plant at the Ngauwudu Safari Camp located in the Mitchell Plateau region of the Kimberley.

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We offer a water treatment system with the latest technology as well as maintenance and support 7 days a week.  To find out more, get in touch with the Garden Master team by calling 1800 632 582 or contact us online.

Product Reviews

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 research 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 fibreglass 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

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 632 582 or visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch.
Tips & Advice

Water Saving Solutions

The most effective way to conserve water around the house is to first understand where it is being wasted.

In a typical household, most of the water used indoors is used in the bathroom, kitchen and during laundry. There are several little things that can be done to conserve water here.

Bathrooms

  • Try to avoid letting water run while washing hands and brushing teeth. This can save 6 litres of water per minute.
  • Avoid taking long showers and install water saving features in faucets and shower heads. These devices can reduce water use by up to 50 percent.
  • Install a dual-flush toilet. Low-flush toilets use far less water per flush compared to conventional toilets.
  • It is also important to avoid overtaxing your system by using a lot of water in a short time period. Try to space out activities requiring heavy water use over several days.
  • Immediately repair any leaking faucets or running toilets.

Kitchen and Laundry

  • Put a plug in the sink if you’re running the tap to wash dishes by hand or rinse fruit and vegetables.
  • Only use the washing machine and the dishwasher when they are full. Otherwise, adjust the water level to match a partial load.
  • Avoid doing laundry all in one day, as this may be harmful to your septic system. By doing several loads in succession, the septic system does not have time to adequately treat wastes.
  • Newer energy-efficient clothes washers use 35 percent less energy and 50 percent less water than a standard model. Look for appliances that display high Energy star ratings.

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.

Get Serious about Reducing Water Usage
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.

 

At Garden Master, we believe in the environmentally friendly water saving solutions that we provide, from our aerated wastewater treatment systems that turn your black water into water safe enough for your lawns to our Greywater Recycling System the ultraGTS. 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.

 

Based in the Hunter Valley of NSW, we service Australia wide and 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!

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