Engineers who designed septic systems built before 1990 were not required to address
high water table issues. These older systems’ disposal fields were constructed with no
regard for the high water table, thus, during the high water table season (winter) these
disposal fields were partially or completely under water. This did not allow for any septic
tank effluent to be properly filtered before dripping back down into the groundwater,
causing pollution during this time of year.

In 1990, a new septic code was written, requiring engineers to address high water table
issues. This new code gave homeowners, needing to replace their systems, and whose
property is in a high water table, only one option; they had to install a mounded septic
system. Not only does a mounded septic system detract from the home’s aesthetics, in
many cases, it may reduce the home’s ability to sell.

Thanks to Eco-Pure Peat Moss Biofilter technology this is no longer the case. The
enclosed, water-tight Eco-Pure module (which replaces the conventional disposal field
“Zone of Treatment”) can be set in the water table, allowing no ground water to enter,
keeping the “Zone of Treatment” dry. Septic tank effluent leaves the tank, and by gravity
or through the use of a small horsepower effluent pump, will flow out to the Eco-Pure
module. The effluent will drip over layers of peat moss, producing a 99.9% pure
wastewater by-product. This cleaned effluent is carried out to a disposal bed for
evaporation into the air and percolation into the water table.
How Eco-Pure Peat
Moss Biofilters
eliminate or reduce
MOUNDED septic

•        As per the NJDEP, 2008 Peat Biofilter Wastewater Treatment Systems Guidance
Document, paragraph J (under “Services”), every installed Eco-Pure Peat Moss Biofilter System
in New Jersey is required to have an annual, renewable service program.
•        NJSMG’s Semi-Annual Peat Moss System Service Program provides preventative
maintenance and monitoring. The service includes, but is not limited to; two (2) annual visits to
check the peat moss module and to clean the septic tank’s effluent filter. Additional system
components (if present) will also be checked (septic and pump tank(s), effluent pump(s) and
disposal field inspection ports).
•        Septic Tank Pumping. NJSMG recommends that the septic tank be pumped once every 2
years (not included in the Service Program).
•        The Semi-Annual Peat Moss System Service Program helps the homeowner comply with
regulations set forth by the NJDEP and enforced by local Board of Health Departments. These
are positive regulations that help and support homeowners who own septic systems. New
Jersey has taken a proactive approach with this alternate technology by requiring that all three
parties involved (Manufacturer, Installer and Homeowner) share the responsibility to keep the
system functioning and trouble-free.
•        The required service program will help insure that our drinking water stays pure and that
the environment is protected from the hazards of malfunctioning and out of date septic systems
that are abundant throughout New Jersey.
•        A cost comparison: The average homeowner with sewer may pay over $400 a year for
service, which is comparable to NJSMG’s Semi-Annual Service Program. Pumpout not included
Eco-Pure Peat Moss Biofilter Service Program