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There’s a few things you will want to take into account when you’re installing a Clivus Multrum™ composting toilet.

The first point to consider – is more than one toilet installation required?

Quite often Clivus Multrum™ composting toilets are installed in parks, national parks and public areas so toilet rooms that are side by side can usually be serviced by the one compost chamber, although with the CM8 there is less flexibility.

As the toilet pedestals are connected by vertical chutes to the compost tank, pedestals that are some distance apart will need a separate tank each.

The second point to consider – is there access beneath the toilet room?

With a split system composting toilet the tank needs to be positioned under the bathroom where the pedestal is located. This means you will need access to the area where the holding tank is located.

If your land is slightly sloped you may need to partially excavate the area where the holding tank is located so appropriate clearances and room is made for maintenance.

Dual level application

The third point to consider – does the ground slope away so the excess liquid can be removed?

Good drainage for your compost tank is important to consider when installing a Clivus Multrum™ composting toilet system. This ensures that your tank doesn’t flood from surface water or with rising groundwater.

Drain pipes for excess liquid from the tank must slope down to its discharge point into a soakage trench or other disposal method.

The volume of excess liquid will depend on several factors, but should not exceed 1 litre per person per day. In domestic installations, there is frequently no excess liquid at all. Clivus Multrum can also provide reliable pump-out systems if natural drainage cannot be achieved.


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