Innovative RUCK Systems, Inc. is a sister company to Holmes and McGrath, Inc., a civil engineering and land surveying firm in Falmouth, Massachusetts. The Company was started by Michael B. McGrath, a Professional Engineer and Professional Land Surveyor. Incorporated in 1995, Mr. McGrath actually began designing RUCK® Systems in the mid 1980’s.
The primary market of Holmes and McGrath, Inc. in early 1980 was the design and approval of subdivisions in Falmouth and nearby towns. In 1984, the Town of Falmouth adopted a nutrient loading requirement as part of the subdivision approval. In the process of preparing the initial nutrient loading studies, it became apparent that the primary impact on coastal estuaries was the impact of nitrogen from septic systems. Mr. McGrath arranged for a patent search to be made to see if there was a solution to the problem of nitrogen loading from septic systems.
The patent search revealed that Dr. Rein Laak of the University of Connecticut had a patent for a passive denitrifying septic system. Mr. McGrath and his partners approached Dr. Laak and came to an agreement whereby an initial tradiotional RUCK® System was constructed in East Falmouth, MA. The RUCK® System was installed in early 1986 and operated for four years. During the four year operation, the system was tested monthly. The testing data showed that the system consistently denitrified to a point where over 60% of the total nitrogen was removed in the initial RUCK® System. Consequently, in 1990 the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) approved Traditional RUCK® Systems by a variance procedure.
In 1995, the state adopted nutrient loading requirements and Innovative RUCK® Systems applied for a General Certificate for Traditional RUCK® Systems. In 1995, based on the results of an analysis of data from the East Falmouth installation, as well as data from various test locations across the United States, the Department issued a General Certificate allowing Traditional RUCK® Systems to be approved by the local Board of Health. Traditional RUCK® Systems are also awarded a density bonus of two more bedrooms per acre in nitrogen sensitive areas (1 bedroom per 6,667 s.f. or 6 bedrooms per 40,000 s.f.)
The design has undergone some modifications over time and further innovations have been incorporated as a result of testing and development of the system.