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.
During the period March 1998
and October 2007, Lanfax Laboratories took part in proficiency testing with
the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) in a range of
parameters associated with water quality. The proficiency program was used
to fine tune the analytical procedures and documentation of acceptable
analytical methods with quality outcomes. Those procedures are
maintained and fine tuned as required.
no longer undertakes acid sulphate soil analyses. As our client base is more
closely associated with the New England Tablelands than the coastal fringe,
there are few requests for acid sulphate soil tests. If the reader has
need for such determinations, large laboratories on the coast or in capital
cities can provide those services.
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: Since the 2018/19 drought conditions, many homeowners
are continuing to use their laundry and bath water on their gardens and landscaped areas. Lanfax
has several professional papers, freely available 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. The last extensive comparative analysis was performed in
2009. Many of the products tested at that time have changed
formulations, the principles of understanding the impact of phosphorus and
sodium salts on the soil remains the same. When in doubt, "no added
phosphorus (NP)" detergents are an ideal choice and for some soils where
very low sodium is important, liquid detergents may be an ideal choice.
Lanfax Labs will no longer provide analysis and assessment of products for
either greywater or laundry water testing. The information currently on this
website relates to testing performed in 2009 and has NOT been updated. The
numerous pages on laundry and greywater will remain for information only.
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
water, wastewater, soil, plant and manure samples commercial premises, where
these wastes are disposed of on land.
undertake monthly analyses for four municipal wastewater treatment systems,
reporting to the local council and preparing document for licensing
reporting. 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 three municipal sewage treatment works,
assessing and reporting data in compliance with EPA licensing.
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: