Because of the size and future contamination issues with fosses and not to mention the cost being higher than other types of system, France has now approved the use of Microstations in France as a way of treating sewage and waste water without having the need for any filtration bed. The local company who are contracted to undertake all of the work for SPANC are actively trying to get more households to uptake the use of microstations over fosses in our local area. All of the household waste water and sewage goes into the microstation which is usually made up of three or more internal compartments, depending on the size of property and how many people are living there. Each compartment does a different part of the waste treatment and what comes out at the end is basically clean water that can be run off into a water course or field - not that I'd want to try and use the water for anything. A good website to find more information is http://tricel.fr/ and info on the unit in English at http://tricel.fr/sites/default/files/userfiles/pdf/brochure_tricel_1_to_20_pe_-_march_2013_print.pdf and this is the company that we used for our microstation at our contractors suggestion. I have to say for ease of comprehension and because we had some friends who used the same contractor we did use a english guy for the work http://www.irvinglocation.com/Index.html. However he had brilliant french and sorted out all the paperwork and registration of our microstation with SVL (spanc sub contractors) http://www.svl79.fr/en/. He was very honest and very hard working and he and his French colleague did a great job for us.
Before any work can start we had to have SVL come round and do a inspection of the land and see of the area that we had selected was suitable for the microstation. they check where the outlet pipe is going to go and proximity to other houses. As well as checking that the outlet pipe isn't going into a still water area i.e a pond but into moving water or draining over a field. After this was all approved we could continue with the work.
|The microstation - suitable for up to 6 people|
|Clearing the hole for it to go in.|
|That's Phil actually in the hole, shows you how big it actually is.|
I must say it looks a bit like a battle ground here now. The land is generally trashed but that was to be expected when a huge great whole gets dug in the ground.
This was left open before it could be backfilled. Because we had to wait for SVL to come and inspect it and make sure that everything was ok. This collection of small visits by SVL added up to 338 euros, not a bad hourly rate if you can get it.
|Three men and a baby , the svl inspector checking it out.|
The microstation needs electric to run and will only cost less than 50 euros a year. I can cope with that. We also had to run a small trench in to take the electric wiring.
|starting the fill in,|
|A ditch needs digging to put the electric cable in that runs from the house to power the microstation.|
|After the workmen left the chickens were keen to help in the digging process!|