S.O.S. - Save Our Septic® Volume 12: Testing... 1-2-3 (Part 2)

| by Aerobe and Robust
S.O.S. - Save Our Septic® Volume 12: Testing... 1-2-3 (Part 2)


Jackson looked up in surprise and then grinned widely, “I was told you’d be dropping by soon, but I didn’t realize they meant it literally. Great to meet you.”

He shook Robust’s bionic hand. “Thank you so much for coming on such short notice. This job is a bit of a challenge, to say the least. I had heard about your FAST® system through some customer referrals. Then when I researched your company, I was impressed by the low-maintenance requirements of the systems and by your support network.”

“That’s good to hear! And we look forward to doing business with you, too,” Robust said with a smile. “So, let’s get started on training you in sampling procedures. The sooner we finish, the sooner you will be qualified to operate and maintain our systems according to state regulations. And the sooner your friends at the DEP will be smiling again.”

“That would be great. We have a saying around here: ‘If the DEP ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!’ But, if you don’t mind my asking, why does your company require this certification?” Jackson inquired.

“Actually, this training depends upon state and county regulations. Your territory does require you to be trained and qualified to maintain our systems. You were right, we do design them to be as low maintenance as possible, but we also know how critical proper testing and analysis are to keeping them that way. Regular routine testing assures you—and us—that our plants are performing to their design specs. That’s why we put a priority on these training opportunities. The amount and frequency of testing required depends upon the area of installation and the specific type of wastewater treatment system,” Robust answered.

“So, shall we begin?” Robust inquired.

Jackson nodded, “Ready when you are!”

Robust opened his backpack to reveal the array of tools and began explaining their use, “To sample a specific site, you will need a sample bottle to test for TKN and ammonia concentrations that contains a preservative, along with another sample bottle for nitrite (NO3) and nitrate (NO2), a sample bottle for BOD and TSS, and one final bottle for the sample to be tested for pH. This means that for each water type that you test, you will need at least four bottles along with the rest of these tools. I will explain their function as they pertain to each procedure.”

Robust began a step-by-step tutorial with Jackson following intently. Finally, Robust began closing up his backpack and turned to Jackson, handing him his business card, “That pretty well covers it. You can always refer to the Bio-Microbics service manual for testing information and please feel to call us with any questions. But now you’re probably ready for a meal break and I have a desert to explore.”

Jackson replied, “Normally I tell desert visitors to stay hydrated, but in your case, I’ll simply say ‘enjoy the adventure.’ Seriously, though, I really appreciate your taking the time to bring me up to speed on the testing protocols.”

Robust gave Jackson a hearty robotic handshake. Jackson tucked the business card in his wallet and when he looked up, Robust was a shimmering blur in the distance.

Just as the setting sun was painting the desert sky in deep purple and gold hues, a couple in hiking gear, Jana and Rafer Gibson, returned to a small rustic lodge near a desert trailhead that had become a favorite base camp for hikers. The innkeeper looked up from the desk and gave them a smile, “Enjoy your time in the desert?”

The couple hesitated for a moment, looked at each other, and Jana began to speak, “This may sound awfully silly, but—“

“We think we just saw a mirage,” Rafe added.

“It was sort of silver,” Jana said.

“Yeah, and blue. And it seemed to hover over the dunes.”

“But before we could get our camera out, it was gone in a shimmer of light.”

“So it must have been a mirage. Right?”

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