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Oxfam Tests Sannitee Bio-Enzymes

“The conclusion is that Sannitree Bio-Enzyme can indeed double the life span of a pit latrine by reducing sludge, and has a large impact on reducing flies and odours” – Oxfam Test Report

Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in 92 countries as part of a global movement for change. They are famous for assisting in war torn areas and setting up refugee camps around the world, creating a future free from the injustice of poverty.

Oxfam chose to test Sannitree Bio-Enzyme Granules in the pit-latrines of two IDP camps in Kenema, situated in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Their aim was to see if treating pit latrines with Bio-Enzyme Granules would extend the life of the toilets. As a control measure they left certain toilets untreated.

The results of their experiments proved that latrines treated with Bio-Enzyme Granules had a life span of 4 months before they filled up. This is double that of the untreated latrines, which filled up in 2 months.

In addition, according to the report, “Sannitree® had a great impact on flies and odour nuisance. With one month Sannitree® application, odour and flies considerably decreased.”

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Clogged up Septic Tank in Pretoria

One newly satisfied Sannitree® customer is Mooiplasie, a self catering establishment in the game reserve of Dinokeng, just north of Pretoria.

The facility is popular amongst families, school and church groups as well as companies for midweek and weekend conferences. Small weddings are also catered for.

All in all, Mooiplasie caters for just over 72 people on a septic tank system, and before they started using Sannitree, they were having overflow problems.

These problems were probably caused by the increased load of people using the system on the weekends.

This is a common occurrence with resorts and even holiday homes: extra people use the septic system and the natural bacteria cannot keep up with the sudden increase in organic waste. The excess waste is not broken down fast enough and a build up occurs, causing the sewage lines to back up, block and overflow.

“Initially we were quite skeptical about the Sannitree Free Flo PillsTM but having administered them according to the instructions, we were amazed that within two months the overflow problem on our main septic tank disappeared completely as well as the unwanted smell and accompanying flies,” said Leon, of Mooiplasie.

“Our general soak away pit area has shown a vast improvement which can only be attributed to the use of Sannitree Free Flow PillsTM. This product can only be recommended.”

Leon is one of many satisfied Sannitree® Customers who have seen our products work for them.

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