link for on-site wastewater systems and soil absorption areas
Lanfax Laboratories - an
independent, commercial and research organisation with special interests in soil, water
and wastewater analysis. The modern laboratory facilities are operated as support to
professional scientists and engineers consulting in those same disciplines, and provide a
research component for investigations into water, wastewater and soils projects.
aim to provide accurate, timely and cost effective sample collection, monitoring, analysis
and interpretation of water, soil and wastes to all sectors of the community. The long
term goal is to maintain professional expertise and proficiency in waste analysis,
monitoring and environmental engineering programs.
Since 1995 Lanfax Laboratories
participated in soil proficiency programs with the Australasian Soil and Plant Analysis
Council (ASPAC) for a range of soil tests. The completion of the Soil
Quality Assurance Programs (a program required by NATA as the proficiency
program for soils in Australia) is one of continuing quality assurance. The
most recent proficiency program was completed in September 2016.
For proficiency in testing of water and
wastewater, Lanfax Laboratories has taken part in proficiency testing with
the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) in:
Waters sub-program 93 Biochemical oxygen demand, chemical oxygen
demand, total organic carbon (2007)
Waters sub-program 88 residue, total solids, total suspended solids,
total dissolved solids (August 2007)
Waters sub-program 84 Calcium Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium (February
Waters sub-program 72 sulphate, conductivity, pH (April 2004)
Waters sub-program 70 Total phosphorus, total Kjeldahl nitrogen
Waters sub-program 68 Biochemical oxygen demand (June 2003)
Waters sub-program 64 Al, Bi, Li, Sr, Ag, Ba, B, Mn (Sep 2002)
Waters sub-program 62 ammonia, nitrate, nitrite (July 2002)
Waters sub-program 60 calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium (July 2002)
Waters sub-program 42 biochemical oxygen demand (BOD5) (Feb 1999)
Waters sub-program 40 calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium (Sept1998)
Waters sub-program 38 aluminium, cadmium, cobalt, antimony (May1998)
Waters sub-program 36 ammonia, nitrite, nitrate (Feb 1998)
Waters sub-program 35 chloride, fluoride, bromide (April 1998)
microbiology program Round 15 faecal coliform, total coliform (Apr 2000)
microbiology program Round 12 faecal coliform, total coliform (Mar 1998)
completed the sample analyses in the 1998 Acid Sulphate Soils Analytical Quality Assurance
Program conducted by the Acid Sulphate Soil Management Advisory Committee (ASSMAC) , the
Queensland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Queensland Acid Sulphate Soil
Investigation Team (QASSIT). All methods used are those approved by ASSMAC.
Tank Effluent Management
Lanfax Laboratories has
significant experience with the design and operation of septic tanks, aerated wastewater
treatment systems and other on-site domestic wastewater systems. Lanfax
Laboratories has represented developers and councils in the Land & Environment
Court in matters relating to on-site effluent management, and prepared
documents for NSW Department of Local Government.
Lanfax Laboratories has
staff available to undertake on-site inspections for septic tank effluent disposal, to
design on-site systems and maintenance programs, and undertake regular monitoring programs
to meet your local requirements. Through its own laboratories, Lanfax
Laboratories is able to provide all soil and water related analyses and
assessments. See SEPTIC TANK pages for more
- SEE the many pages under "Laundry"
Greywater and domestic reuse: With the recent drought conditions, many homeowners
are using their laundry and bath water on their gardens and landscaped areas. Lanfax
has several professional papers, available free on this site, which address the impact of
various chemicals, and water itself on the chemistry of domestic wastewater. Check
out under publications and follow the links to the most appropriate papers.
(double click here to get to publications page)
has, since 1987, regularly tested and reported on liquid and powder laundry
detergents as an independent agent. Products are purchased through
supermarkets and sourced from boutique manufacturers, analysed in accordance
with 21st Edition of Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and
Wastewater (APHA 2005) and presented as comparative data at "LAUNDRY"
on this website.
Lanfax Laboratories can provide
environmental engineering expertise and technical support for environmental projects, ISO
14000 environmental management plans and audits, life cycle analysis and land capability
Analytical and Research Services
Lanfax Laboratories analysed
water, wastewater, soil, plant and manure samples for the University of New England's
Beef CRC joint experimental research feed-lot 1992-1997.
continues to provide analytical services for university projects and post-graduate
- recognised by regulatory body as competent in undertaking Trade Waste
Analysis for commercial premises discharging to the Armidale Sewerage Scheme. Trade waste
analyses are conducted for a range of licensed premises in Armidale. The service includes
collection of samples and advice on meeting compliance.
undertake monthly analyses for the Armidale Regional Council and Uralla
Shire Council, of effluent discharges from
the Armidale, Guyra and Uralla sewage treatment works. Typical tests include faecal coliforms, Total Oil
and Grease (TOG), biochemical oxygen demand (BOD5) and other physico-chemical analyses, as
Lanfax Laboratories provides on-going assessment of
the environmental monitoring of Armidale STP and the Guyra STP for Armidale
Regional Council and Uralla STP Uralla Shire Council.
Lanfax Laboratories provide
soil, water, groundwater, wastewater and microbiological tests for private clients with
interpretation of data and advice for meets specific requirements.
Data from soil, water and
wastewater samples collected and analysed by Lanfax Laboratories have been
accepted as evidence by the courts over many years.
Education and Training
Numerous professional papers have been
published from Lanfax Laboratories unique research in many areas of
soil, water and wastewater management (see Publications).
Through its own
initiatives, Lanfax Laboratories
coordinator of biennial International On-site Conferences held in
Armidale NSW. These conferences, commenced in 1999 attract
professionals from overseas and across Australia. Abstracts for the
conferences are linked to this website. The last conference was On-site
'07, held in Armidale September 2007.
Lanfax Laboratories have been involved with a variety of research projects including: