Total Design Package
Dave Miller offers a wide
range of services related to designing and improving septic tanks,
sewage treatment systems and wastewater treatment systems.
He also educates people who install them.
For most people, the most important service Dave offers
is meeting the client on site to investigate and discuss the full
range of sewage treatment and disposal options available.
Since Dave is totally independent and has no financial involvement with any
product, manufacturer or installer, he can provide cost estimates for each
option and discuss these further to help his clients to select the most appropriate
system for their site and requirements. He can then prepare a full engineering
design to council specification for the selected option.
Best System at Lowest Cost
This is where Dave's experience, knowledge and, most of all, independence
comes into its own. By using Dave's independent design service his clients
are guaranteed the best available system and the lowest cost.
Beware of Pitfalls in using
With a number of plumbers, and even some tank manufacturers, acting as agents
for particular sewage and wastewater treatment systems and offering 'free' designs as a means of
selling their products, the advantages of a truly independent designer
are becoming even more important. Customers who don't investigate all the options
first can end up with a treatment system that meets their plumber's
financial wishes rather than their own needs.
Saves Clients sewage problems and Money
It's a well-known fact: The best sewage treatment systems are the ones that
cause the least problems. Sewage systems can cost a lot of money, but if you
get it wrong it can be a major inconvenience and a substantial cost to put
Unless you study the conditions and requirements
and compare all the options, how will you truly know what is
the most cost efficient system?
Dave's advice and expertise can save his clients
a substantial amount of money. Check out these figures:
• A Marae committee
had to install a new sewage system before it could proceed with
a kitchen upgrade. It had received an estimate for $75,000 to
install an aerated treatment system, but this would have required
most of the money available for the kitchen upgrade. The local
council suggested the committee contact Dave and he designed
a treatment system which was installed for $25,000 and produced
an effluent quality 10 times better than that produced by the
aerated treatment process - a saving of $50,000 and a more appropriate
• A Hawkes Bay
woman needed a sewage treatment system for her new house. A local
plumber, who is also an agent for a particular treatment system,
quoted her $9000 for that system. She thought this was a bit
high and decided to contact Dave, who designed a system that
was acceptable to both the woman and the local council and cost
just $6000 to install - a saving of $3000.
• A school relocating
to a former Social Welfare hostel would have had to spend $70,000
for a new sewage treatment plant. Dave was able to reconstruct
the existing sewage system to the required standard for only
$30,000 - a saving of $40,000 for the Ministry of Education and
Dave travels throughout New Zealand
Dave will happily travel anywhere
in the country to meet his clients. What you pay in fees and
will be minimal compared to what it may cost to rectify problems
with an inferior or inappropriate sewage treatment option.
Q: If you are about to
purchase a new septic tank or sewage treatment system, or
upgrade an existing one, can you afford not to contact Dave