The BioKube system is certified and type tested to European Standard EN 12566
"Small wastewater treatment systems for up to 50 PE"
Only sewage plants which have the EN 12566-3 Certification can be considered for the Exemption or Permit to Discarge required by the Environment Agency. DO NOT BUY A PLANT WITHOUT SEEING THIS CERTIFICATE!!
Over the past 8 or 9 years the European Union has been developing a new standard. We have tried here to give a general overview of this new European Standard and how it is used to certify the BioKube system. If more information is required then reference must be made to the original documentation.
EN 12566 currently consists of 7 parts. Some parts are still in preparation whilst others are now considered as finished and published for adoption as National Standards. Thus Part 3 below is now a British Standard and designated as BS EN 12566-3:2005.
The list of EN 12566 parts are:
Part 1: Pre-fabricated septic tanks;
Part 2: Soil infiltration systems;
Part 3: Packaged and/or site assembled domestic wastewater treatment plants;
Part 4: Septic tanks assembled in situ from prefabricated kits;
Part 5: Pre-treated effluent filtration systems;
Part 6: Prefabricated treatment unit used for septic tank effluent;
Part 7: Prefabricated tertiary treatment unit;
Part 2 and Part 5 are to be considered as Codes of Practice and do not specify treatment requirements. Those parts in preparation are pre-fixed by "pr" i.e part 6 is currently referred to as prEN 12566-6. The date that it is published in the European Journal is indicated by the date at the end. Thus Part 3 is now referred to as BS EN 12566-3:2005.
The BS EN 12566-3:2005 is now in force and a requirement under the General Binding Rules for small scale sewage discharges. Don't buy a system that does not have BS EN 12566 - 3 certification.
The parts that cover a BioKube system are Part 1, 3 and 6.
Part 1 specifies the requirements for the Settlement Tank in the BioKube System. Part 3 contains the type testing and effluent treatment requirements that are needed to certify the BioKube AWTS tank within the BioKube system and part 6 ties together the previous parts when the two tanks are used together as in a BioKube system.
Effluent quality testing will be carried out on the smallest tank in a range. Again, it is considered that the smallest tank in a series will be most likely to fail the treatment efficiency tests due to the wide variation of flow rates and types of domestic sewage that are found.
The tests have to be carried out by an EN test laboratory. Effluent testing efficiency is measured over a period of 38 weeks after the system has been fully commissioned by the manufacturer and has been allowed to develop full efficiency. Once this has occurred there is series of tests that stress the unit over time. Under loading, overloading, loss of power and regular usage are all applied to the units. Effluent samples are taken regularly during the testing to determine compliance with the stated standard. (This can vary from one country to another and has to be stated in the documentation when the tank is finally certified.)
Once a tank has passed the testing sequence it can be CE Marked by the manufacturer and then sold across Europe in all EU countries so long as it was tested to the countries effluent standard or better.
The BioKube system has an effluent standard that is twice as efficient as the current UK standard of 20:30:20 and can treat Phosphorous as well if required.
A copy of the test certificate for the BioKube system can be downloaded here.