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COUNTR Y PRODUCT CATEGORY

ABSORBENT TRAY SUBIRRIGATION


SYSTEM
PRODUCT NAME

COUNTRY
APPLICATION

TREATMENT OF CIVIL DWELLING


MIXED WATERS
CAPACITY

FROM 2 TO 24 INHABITANTS
EQUIVALENT
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Certified Quality C E NC
System

DESCRIPTION
COUNTRY is the phytodepuration system designed by ISEA which utilizes the horizontal subsurface flow method
for domestic sewage treatment. Pretreated wastewater is evenly distributed into absorbent trays where emergent
rooted hydrophytes perform their natural phytodepuration process.
The absorbent trays are watertight containers made of high density polyethylene with the typical truncated pyra-
mid shape. Each tray has an absorbent bed area of 2 m² and is designed to serve one equivalent inhabitant. The
absorbent trays are installed underground and filled with gravel and stones on the bottom, followed by a layer of
geotextile and compost.
The phytodepuration systems are particularly suitable for small residential communities not connected to the sani-
tary sewer network. The system does not include any electrical equipment and requires very little maintenance.

A complete COUNTRY plant includes:


• A BIOLOGICAL IMHOFF tank for pretreatment of black waters;
• A GREASE TRAP for pretreatment of gray waters;
• A MANHOLE (35.5 cm x 80cm) with cover for inspection;
• A NUMBER OF ABSORBENT TRAYS which is equivalent to the average daily flow;
• A FINAL MANHOLE (35.5 cm x 80cm) with cover for inspection.

INSTALLATION
EXCAVATION Dig holes to accommodate the Biological Imhoff tank and the Grease Trap as described in
their specific technical papers.
For the absorbent trays dig a perfectly horizontal trench 80 to 120 cm deep and wide enough
to allow the installation. Place on the bottom of the trench a layer of compacted fine sand
(0-5 mm) or other inert material and install the absorbent trays and relevant piping.

FILLING Fill the Biological Imhoff Tank and the Grease Trap with water.
Fill the absorbent trays with the following layers:
• 10-15 cm layer of stones;
• 30 cm layer of gravel;
• 20-30 cm layer of compost.

BACKFILLING Backfill the area with the originally excavated material and a top layer of compost to allow the
AND FINISHING vegetation to grow.

USE
START UP Check that the installation has been done correctly.
Proceed to plant broad leaved evergreen plants with high water uptake capability.
(See attached list)

CHECKS AND Periodically remove and dispose of the contents of the Grease Trap and the Biological Imhoff
MAINTENANCE tank.

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max 30 cm
80 cm
35 cm

35 cm

120 cm
160 cm

SUGGESTED VEGETATION
PLANTS FLOWERS
Aucuba Japonica Auruncus Sylvester water inlet
from Biological
Bambù Astilbe Imhoff tank
Calycantus Florindus Elymus Arenarius
water inlet from
Cornus Alba Felci grease trap absorbent tray earth
geotextile
Cornus Florida Iris Pseudoacorus
gravel and stones
Cornus Stolonifera Iris Kaempferi
Cotoneaster Salicifolia Lythrum Officinalis

cm 55
cm 80
Kalmia Latifolia Nepeta Musini

cm 45
final
Laurus Cerasus Petasites officinalis ø 110 ø 110 ø 110 manhole
Rhamnus Frangula line continues to the end
of the designed layout
Spirdea Salicifolia initial manhole

INFO

ISEA guarantees the complete treatment of the influent in accordance with the following standards:
• Italian: D. L.vo 152/99
• European: Cee 271/91

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