|"Quality will remain
long after cost is forgotten"
Residential * Commercial * Industrial
Edward Festa, Joan Brooks, PhD and Jeffery Festa
developed the Eco-Pure Waste Water Systems 300
Series Peat Filter throughout 1998. The system was
designed based on the research conducted at the
University of Maine during the 1980's and 1990's and
especially the research conducted by Dr. Brooks.
Throughout her professional career, Dr. Brooks
dedicated herself to study the use of sphagnum
peat moss as a wastewater treatment media. In
addition, Dr. Brooks researched the influence of
fungus on the process of wastewater treatment.
In her paper Pollution Abatement with Peat Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems, Dr. Brooks
“On adverse sites, where the use of conventional subsurface soil adsorption systems does not
acceptable levels of treatment, sphagnum peat moss may be used as an economical method
of onsite wastewater treatment. The peat system, when properly designed and constructed, is
relatively simple to install, requires minimal energy and maintenance, and provides a high
quality effluent without additional disinfection”.
Disinfection capabilities may be the most important aspect in using sphagnum peat moss as a
wastewater treatment media. Throughout her research Dr. Brooks has identified dozens of
species of fungi existing in sphagnum peat moss. Most notably recurring was the recovery of
the penicillium fungus. Pennicillium is the pre-cursor of the penicillin anti-biotic.
Throughout her research career utilizing sphagnum peat moss as a treatment media, Dr.
Brooks consistently documented BOD5 reductions of > 90%, Total Suspended Solids
reductions of > 85% and Fecal Coliform reductions of > 99%.
|The following research papers by
Dr. Joan Brooks provide a better
understanding of the disinfection
properties of sphagnum peat moss:
• Pollution Abatement with Peat Onsite Wastewater
Treatment Systems, Joan L. Brooks, Ph.D., Department
of Civil Engineering, University of Maine
• Fungi Isolated From the Sphagnum Peat Moss
Wastewater Treatment SystemnJoan L. Brooks, Ph.D.,
Department of Civil Engineering, University of Mainen
Larry M. Zibilske, Department of Soil Science, University
• The Utilization of Peat in Onsite Wastewater
Disposal Systems: Interim Project Report nJoan L.
Brooks, Ph.D., et.al. Department of Civil Engineering,
University of Maine
• An Update on the Use of Peat Filters for On-Site
Wastewater TreatmentJohn A.McKee, M.Sc., P.Eng. and
Michael Connolly, H.B.Sc.