Original Press Release
New ASTM Precast Concrete Standard Provides Septic System Installation Test
Press release date: November 8, 2011
W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., - A watertight septic system ensures its integrity, and demonstrating that integrity is important because such systems have over time become more complex, expensive and critical to both system owners and to the environment. A new ASTM International standard fills a need for an in-field installation test for septic systems. The new standard, ASTM C1719, Test Method for Installed Precast Concrete Tanks and Accessories by the Negative Air Pressure (Vacuum) Test Prior to Backfill, was developed by Subcommittee C27.30 on Water and Wastewater Containers, part of ASTM International Committee C27 on Precast Concrete Products. According to Michael R. Miller, quality manager, Press-Seal Gasket Corp., and a C27 member, ASTM C1719 will be used primarily by regulators, specifiers, progressive installers and purchasers. "ASTM C1719 will allow regulators, usually state or county health departments, to require a standard performance level of installed on-site systems," says Miller. "When vacuum testing was adopted by sanitary systems regulators, the quality of installed systems went up dramatically and their performance likewise improved." Now that ASTM C1719 has been improved, Miller says he hopes the subcommittee can help regulators become aware of, understand and begin to implement the new standard. All interested parties are invited to join C27.30. To purchase ASTM standards, visit www.astm.org and search by the standard designation number, or contact ASTM Customer Relations (phone: 610-832-9585; email@example.com). ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit www.astm.org/JOIN. ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions. View this release on the ASTM Web site at www.astmnewsroom.org. ASTM Committee C27 Next Meeting: Dec. 6-7, 2011, December Committee Week, Tampa, Fla.
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