There are two primary types of media filters in our service area: Sand filters and Peat filters

Sand filters:

  • Sand filters are used to polish effluent from septic tanks or aerobic treatment tanks prior to final dispersal.
  • The sand filter is a physical component consisting of an underdrained bed of sand
  • Pretreated effluent is applied to the top of the filter
  • Filtrate collected by the underdrain is distributed to final dispersal

Peat filters:

  • Peat filters consist of a distribution system, peat media, and an underdrain system.
  • Peat filters typically come in pre-fabricated modular units made of fiberglass or concrete.
  • Like sand filters, pretreated effluent is applied to the top of the filter, then collected by the underdrain for final dispersal

Maintenance:

Media filters need maintenance to ensure proper treatment of the effluent, as well as prolonging the life of the filter media

  • The frequency of maintenance depends on many factors, ranging from monthly to once per year
  • Some manufacturers require maintenance to maintain the warranty on the filter
  • Some sand filters, if they've been neglected, can be treated with hydrogen peroxide to bring them back in service
  • The media will eventually need to be replaced

Contact us today to enroll in our WaterSteward program which will properly maintain your media filter