Certifications & Technology Awards
Bio-Microbics Systems adhere to BMPs actions, required by law, to keep soil and other pollutants out of streams and lakes. Our BMPs are designed to protect water quality, prevent new pollution, and provide reliable equipment that works well, low cost, easy to install, easy to maintain and manage. These developed rules and regulations benefit the entire watershed, not just individual lots.
Our Research and Development spans more than 40 years (through Scienco/FAST, who installed the first FAST® System on board the M/V Missouri Towboat in 1969). Since then, Bio-Microbics uses testing process procedures against the most stringent Standards for land-based systems.
If you require additional certification information, please e-mail your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. The list below is a summary of certifications received for Bio-Microbics Products and systems:
Wastewater Treatment Independent Third-Party Testing
Verification programs/locations in which Bio-Microbics installed a Wastewater Treatment System for analysis of performance:
- Florida OWNRS (Onsite Wastewater Nitrogen Reduction Study) Phases I and II
- New Mexico State/New Mexico University
- University of Rhode Island
- Buzzards Bay, MA
- Ventura County, CA
- La Pine, OR
- Burnette, WA
- University of Miami, Autonomous NetZero Water
Wastewater Treatment Certifications & Third-Party Testing
- NSF (National Sanitation Foundation International)/ANSI Standard 40, Class 1 Certified – MicroFAST® 0.5, 0.625, 0.75, 0.9, 1.5; SeptiTech® STAAR™ 0.5, 0.75, 1.0, 1.2, 1.5; and BioBarrier® MBR 0.5, 1.0, 1.5 for residential wastewater treatment systems having rated capacities between 400 gallons (1514 Liters) and 1500 gallons (5678 Liters) per day. The Standard 40 includes a wide range of product evaluation methods and criteria for residential treatment systems. Most notably is the ability of the treatment system to produce an acceptable quality of effluent. This is demonstrated during a six month (26 week) test where wastewater of required strength is subjected to the system at the rated capacity of the system as evenly dosed at periods prescribed by the standard. Stress sequences are included to simulate wash day, working parent, power outage, and vacation conditions. The effluent criteria required of a Class I system is based on the U.S. EPA secondary effluent treatment requirements for municipal treatment facilities. In addition to the effluent performance, requirements also exist for product literature, including installation, operation and maintenance, and trouble shooting and repair manuals. The system must also meet minimum requirements for structural integrity, leakage, noise, electrical certification, access ports, failure sensing and signaling equipment (visual and audible alarms), flow design, data plate and service labels.
- NSF/ANSI Standard 245 (Nitrogen Reduction) Certified – MicroFAST® 0.5, 0.625, 0.75, 0.9, 1.5; SeptiTech® STAAR™ 0.5, 0.75, 1.0, 1.2, 1.5; and BioBarrier® MBR 0.5, 1.0, 1.5 developed for residential wastewater treatment systems designed to provide for nitrogen reduction. The evaluation involves six months of performance testing, incorporating stress tests to simulate wash day, working parent, power outage, and vacation conditions. The standard is set up to evaluate systems having rated capacities between 400 gallons and 1500 gallons per day. Technologies testing against Standard 245 must either be Standard 40 certified or be evaluated against Standard 40 at the same time an evaluation is being carried out for Standard 245, as both tests can be run concurrently. Throughout the testing, samples are collected during design loading periods and evaluated against the pass/fail requirements. A treatment system must meet the following effluent concentrations averaged over the course of the testing period in order to meet Standard 245:
- CBOD5 – 25 mg/L
- TSS – 30 mg/L
- Total Nitrogen – at least a 50% average of influent TKN
- pH – 6.0 to 9.0 SU
- NSF/ANSI tested for bacterial reduction of fecal coliform – MicroFAST® 0.5, 0.625, 0.75, 0.9, 1.5; SeptiTech® STAAR™ 0.5, 0.75, 1.0, 1.2, 1.5; and BioBarrier® 0.5, 1.0, & 1.5
- NSF/ANSI Standard 350, Class R (Water Reuse) Certified (BioBarrier® 0.5, 1.0, & 1.5 and BioBarrier® 0.5-N, 1.0-N, & 1.5-N, the FIRST system to achieve this Standard!) – Developed for residential wastewater (total blackwater and greywater) treatment systems designed to provide for water reuse onsite. The evaluation involves 6 months of performance testing, incorporating stress tests to simulate wash day, working parent, power outage, and vacation conditions. With a key focus on public health and appropriate water quality criteria for reuse applications; this is the first standard of its type for comprehensive evaluation of water reuse technologies, spanning residential and commercial applications. Technologies testing against Standard 350 must meet Standard 40 and 245 prior to testing.
- EN 12566-3, PIA GmbH, Packaged and/or site assembled domestic wastewater treatment plants for up to 50 People – FITT®-ee, BioBarrier® MBR, the Prüfinstitut für Abwassertechnik GmbH (PIA GmbH) has been approved as a testing institute for small wastewater treatment plants according to the Building Products Act and is indicated in the lists of the European Union as notified body 1739.
- Compliance with Canadian National Standards and BNQ (Bureau de Normalisation du Québec) Test, Canada, Installations must comply with the Q-2, r.22 regulation in accordance with NQ 3680-910 standard
- USEPA Secondary Treatment Effluent Standards – Type II Marine Sewage Devices (MSDs) requiring 85% removal, 30 BOD5, 30 TSS secondary treatment, 3 months internal sludge storage, and derate by 10% for dilute sewage
- US EPA – ETV (US Environmental Protection Agency – Environmental Technology Verification) – RetroFAST® 0.150, 0.250, & 0.375; SeptiTech® STAAR™; and MarineFAST® (USEPA secondary – 85% removal, 30 BOD5, 30 TSS) Develops testing procedures and validates the performance of technology that may improve the protection of the environment, including water and wastewater. ETV accelerates the introduction of environmental technologies in the market, as well as monitoring and treatment technology for homeland security.
- IMO (International Maritime Organization) – MARPOL 73/78 (50 BOD5, 50 TSS, 250 fecal) and MARPOL 2010 (25 BOD5, 35 TSS, 125 COD, 100 fecal) sets international standards for seafarers’ certificates of competency to prevent danger to others on board, the marine environment and themselves.
- US Coast Guard under 33CFR159 (150 TSS, 200 fecal) for inspected vessels in US waters, may also be suitable for river, coastal or harbor service in other countries in compliance with amendments adopted by IMO. The US Coast Guard preserves the awareness among the public, marine, and environmental industries by communicating Coast Guard regulatory activities and policy guidelines for sewage regulations, piping and electrical systems to meet USCG requirements for vessels carrying crew and passengers.
- Massachusetts Title 5 Innovative and Alternative (I/A) System General Use Approval rating for Nitrogen Reduction – The first system to receive this distinction! Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MA DEP) – (FAST® <2000 GPD). This approval process requires the technology to go through extensive field testing on at least 50 systems and tested quarterly for a minimum of 3 years to show that the system can meet or exceed an effluent limit of 19 mg/L of Total Nitrogen in 90% of the systems.
- MEPC.159(55) and MEPC.227(64) – 25 mg/l BOD5, 35 mg/l TSS, 125 mg/l COD and 100 coliform/100 ml, chlorine residual < 0.5 mg/l – no dilution required. Scienco/FAST has been awarded USCG and Transport Canada certifications for MARPOL configuration FAST systems using peracetic acid (PAA) as the disinfectant. MarineFAST® units to include a PAA feeder allows units needing to meet International Maritime Organization MARPOL standards.
Other Treatment & Electrical Certifications
- ETL and RoHS Compliant – Intertek Testing Services evaluates control panels to meet the standard equivalent to the requirements set by Intertek and equivalent to UL (Underwriters Laboratories). Periodic checks are performed to assure consistent compliance of the product and in compliance with both Canadian and U.S. requirements.
- CE – European Electrical Systems (including a “Tropical Certification Rating”) The European (EN) standards by adopting universal requirements to cover all of Europe and promote the free movement of goods within Europe. When products have been shown to meet the essential requirements of the directive or EN standard the product is available for sale anywhere in the European market.
- CSA (Canadian Standards Association) Electrical Certification – CSA International and the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI), the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), Health Canada, provincial regulators, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to promote standards for consumer safety in North America and around the world. CSA testing is accepted by key conformity assessment organizations in the U.S. including IAPMO and ASSE. Tested and meets applicable standards for safety and/or performance, including the applicable standards written or administered by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Canadian Standards Association (CSA), National Sanitation Foundation International (NSF), and others.
- PDI (Plumbing & Drainage Institute) Certified – FOGHog® Fat Oil & Grease Interceptor FH-20 & FH-50 promotes the advancement of innovative plumbing products through research, product requirements, and publicity. PDI preserves testing equipment in independent testing laboratories to assure compliance with Standard PDI-WH201 and, for grease interceptors, Standard PDI-G101.
- Quality Control Stormwater Testing Statement: BioSTORM® – ALL SIZES – Stormwater treatment system demonstrates more than 90% removal efficiency of the TSS removal capabilities with silica sand particle size distribution closer to the NJDEP sizing (current stormwater guidelines). As Stormwater regulations continue to emerge, the BioSTORM® proves to be highly effective at managing storm water runoff.
- Certified 97% biodegradable, Japan Food Research Labs, the botanical formula of Mighty Mike® Laundry Detergent, Mighty Mike® All-Purpose Cleaner, & Mighty Mike® Multi-Purpose Marine Cleaner are Rated safe for use around lakes, streams and oceans. (Also, tested by SGS Testing Labs & Clemson University School of Textiles)
Other Technology Approvals
- Australia – Australian Department of Transportation and Royal Australian Navy Technology Approval
- Canada – CGL (Canadian Great Lakes Coast Guard) – Issued by the Canadian Coast Guard, this maritime certifies that the treatment systems are approved on ships traveling in the certain bodies of water throughout the Great Lakes.
- Russia – Federal Service of Environmental Protection Technology Approval – Федеральная Служба По Надзору В Сфере Защиты Прав Потребителей И Благополучия Человка (Federal Service of Environmental Protection) Technology Approval
- Russia – CPT (Certification of Russian Standards) – BioSTORM® all sizes
- Saudi Arabia – SASO (Saudi Arabian Standards Organization) Electrical Standards The Saudi Arabian Standards Organization approves national standards and measurements for all commodities and products, methods of sampling, inspection and testing, in addition to other assignments resolved by SASO Board of Directors in the Kingdom.
- Poland – Aprobata Techniczna (Technology Approval) ze Instytut Ochrony Srodowiska (Institute of Environmental Protection)
- U.K. – United Kingdom Department of Trade Technology Approval
Recent Company and Technology Awards
- 2017 North American “Integrated Water Treatment Technology Leadership” Award, Frost & Sullivan
- 2017 Top 10 Green Building Products, BuildingGreen, Inc.- d-Rain Joint™ Device
- 2016 President’s “E Star” Award * 2012 President’s “E” Award for Excellence in Exports, granted by President of the United States, presented by US Dept of Commerce
- 2015 Ingenuity Award Winner, Ingenuity Central @ K-State Olathe, Ingenuity Central (IC) showcases innovative companies that exemplify the newest thinking driving our community & growing our economy.
- 2015 Innovation in Marine Environmental Technology Offshore Excellence Award, based on environmental impact with marine sanitation devices and technology.
- 2014 “BEST of GreenBuild” Editor’s Choice Award, U.S. Builder’s Review, “Creating Better Water Treatment Solutions for a Better World…“article.
- 2012 President’s “E” Award for Excellence in Exports, granted by the U.S. President, presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce
- 2011 Kansas Governor Exporter of the Year, presented by the Governor of Kansas
- 2011 North American Technology Innovation Award (Decentralized Commercial Outlets) – Frost & Sullivan
- 2011 New Product of the Year Award (Recycling) – BioBarrier® MBR System – Environmental Protection (EPOnline)
- 2010 North American Technology Innovation Award (Water/Wastewater) – Frost & Sullivan
- 2009 Exporter of the Year Award, Environmental – ThinkGlobal / Commercial News USA (Official publication of the U.S. Dept. of Commerce)
- 2009 Technology Merit Business Achievement Award, Water/Wastewater – Environmental Business Journal (EBJ)
- 2002 U.S. Export Achievement Certificate, US Dept. of Commerce, US & Foreign Commercial Service
- 2000 U.S. EPA Environmental Technology Innovator Award – U.S. EPA, Region 1 – SeptiTech® Technology
Standards for green building programs
The guidelines for most Green-Building Programs have a section for Water Efficiency the use of Innovative Wastewater Treatment Systems: Integrated Resource Management approach that controls the consumption, reduce water intensive applications, provide onsite treatment, capture/use alternate water sources (rainwater, greywater, and blackwater), and opportunities for smarter irrigation practices, etc. By providing guidelines for Water Efficiency, the incentives and adoption of onsite water recycling systems can provide the goals of better water management and sustainable building practices. Other areas that we can help satisfy are Sustainable Site points and Innovative Design:
Programs such as LEED® (USGBC and World GBC), Green Globes® (Green Building Initiative), Nabers / Green Star / Green Building Architecture (Australia), AQUA (Brazil), GBAS (China), SBToolCZ (Czech Republic), PromisE (Finland), HQE (France), DGNB / CEPHEUS (Germany), HKBEAM (Hong Kong), GRIHA (India), Greenship (Indonesia), Protocollo Itaca (Italy), CASBEE (Japan), Netherlands BREEAM (Netherlands), Green Star NZ (New Zealand), IAPGSA (Pakistan), BERDE (Philippines), Lider A / SBToolPT® (Portugal), QASA (Qatar), Green Mark (Singapore), Green Star SA (South Africa), VERDE (Spain), Minergie (Switzerland), BREEAM (United Kingdom), Estidama (United Arab Emirates), yesilbina (Turkey), TREES (Thailand), LOTUS Rating Tools (Vietnam)
(Please note, the above acronyms and tradenames are register under their respective owners.)