Natural Bio-Organic treatment for wastewater – an environmental and financial imperative

Natural Bio-Organic treatment for wastewater - an environmental and financial imperative

By Roger Holden,Director Media and Communications,Solutions Ecologique Limited

One of the most important aspects of ‘managing our water' is the treatment of wastewater created by all of humanity and a large proportion of industry. The water cycle generally sees fresh water extracted from dams, lakes, rivers and aquifers; being used in one form or another; treated after use; and subsequently fed back into the natural environment. It is the quality of this wastewater treatment that determines whether we are improving our water environment or, as happens so often, feeding the water back filled with chemicals, potentially dangerous enzymes and with the wastewater effluent polluted and malodorous.

Why is this? In many parts of the world there is simply no treatment of human or industrial wastewater. The reasons are many and varied but the principal reason is simply a lack of infrastructure. If a country or a region cannot afford to introduce wastewater cleaning, it just doesn't happen.

However, even where there are modern wastewater treatment facilities there can still be unsatisfactory performance issues. These include:

The effect of these failures leads to:

Historically there has been a strong reliance on chemical-based solutions to address these water treatment issues. These traditional methods have included the use of:

These traditional approaches to water treatment all fail in one major respect: They address the symptoms of the failure of the water treatment approach BUT they do not address the root causes.

These approaches are well understood but fundamentally backward in their thinking. A great deal of energy and money is invested in producing, buying, transporting and using these chemicals but a much more efficient mechanism would be to address the root causes of water treatment failure rather than the symptoms.

More recently a much more radical and potentially dangerous approach has been employed to address the failures within water treatment operations.

This approach is based on the use of enzymes.

Enzymes are powerful chemicals. They are characterised in the following manner:

There are significant question marks around the use of enzymes. There is limited longitudinal testing of enzymes and their impacts on the surrounding (and downstream) environment. It is not yet clear if these powerful chemicals have unintended impacts on areas outside the water treatment facilities.

1There are significant municipal concerns relating to the use of surfactants and enzymes in the process of wastewater treatment. Treatment plants utilize different techniques to rid water of impurities. While wastewater treatment plants use the latest technology to remove contaminants from water, there are high costs, and sometimes enforcement of regulations is lax. Still, many municipalities across the country are banning the use of surfactants and enzymes entering wastewater treatment because of the harmful effects these products have on the sewer lines and the damage is costing cities much money in repair.

A question we must ask ourselves!

Given the inefficient, symptom-based treatment methods of traditional chemicals and the risk associated with the powerful enzyme-based treatment methods, is it possible to address some of the root causes of water treatment failure in a more elegant and targeted manner?

Well, in a word, yes.

Solutions Ecologique Limited (SolEco) is a company that seeks to apply natural remedies to situations where other methods either fail to prevent pollution, or come at a heavy cost. Its goal is to assist companies, individuals, groups and governments restore the environment or minimise environmental impact, wherever our 21st century way of life spreads.

The company delivers solutions for a variety of wastewater environments in many industry and domestic sectors, solving problems associated with: sewage; malodours; grease, fat and oil accumulation; bio-solids; infrastructure maintenance; and effluent environmental issues.

First though, let us look at some of the terminology many companies use when attempting to brand their products as ‘green'.

ORGANIC - this is probably the word applied the most and often without foundation. In the agricultural and food preparation industry the use of the word ORGANIC is strictly defined and controlled by a regulated set of criteria that must be adhered to before it can be employed. Unfortunately, there are no such regulations in the wastewater industry and thus the term may be loosely used. Scientifically, ORGANIC simply means ‘relating to or derived from living matter', however, it is now being used to differentiate from chemical products and imply it is more ‘green', ‘better for you' or ‘harmless'.

NATURAL - A word that is also loosely used with no specific meaning…….but often with the intimation it is not "chemical" based.

BIOLOGICAL - It is unclear if this term is used to imply the raw material/active ingredient is plant/animal derived or that the activity it generates is biological in nature.

SolEco developed and manufactures Solutek, a unique solution like none other in that it encompasses the optimal balance between all things green:

This NATURAL BIO-ORGANIC concentrate does NOT contain ‘live-cell' bacteria (bio-culture) or enzyme concoctions and cannot introduce renegade bacteria into any water treatment system.

Water pollutants, including human waste, food manufacturing waste and other industrial waste typically react with dissolved oxygen in the water column. These reactions create a demand for oxygen in the wastewater typically measured as BOD and COD.There is a need to remove these pollutants, which leads to the dissolved oxygen remaining in the water column.

Different types of bacteria are present in these wastewater streams. Their populations thrive or struggle depending on the pH and the availability of food sources and oxygen. Soleco has found it can massively increase the growth rates of one type of bacteria - facultative anaerobes - by the addition of Solutek. Solutek acts as a growth enhancer for this group of bacteria.

These bacteria grow more quickly, grow to a larger size and reproduce more often with the addition of Solutek. As a result, the bacteria are able to digest the pollutants more quickly and leave more of the dissolved oxygen in the water.

It works by the use of an entirely NATURAL BIO-ORGANIC mechanism to massively stimulate beneficial bacteria already present in the water column. This has the effect of:

As a result, Solutek addresses the failures of water treatment plants at the root cause of these issues as compared to the symptomatic approach of using traditional chemicals.

It harnesses the strength of natural bacterial processes, rather than relying on the use of powerful chemicals such as enzymes that could lead to unintended consequences.

It acts as a CELL SIGNALLING AGENT to help stimulate the growth and reproductive rate of beneficial bacteria. Those bacteria then out-compete problematic bacteria to help keep the oxygen in the water.

This has the following impacts on polluted waters:

It has been proven to have a significant beneficial impact in many industry areas apart from Sewage wastewater, including:

Many of these applications will be examined in future blogs in detail and with a description of the Results and Outcomes but as an example: an industry study completed recently in the Dairy industry showed that, apart from saving the company around $500,000 a year in reduced down time and increased productivity, there was:

These natural bio-organics are:

They reduce the high costs associated with traditional wastewater treatment, such as:

And they offer a win-win solution in wastewater environments of all types because of:

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- About Author :Roger Holden,Director Media and Communications,Solutions Ecologique Limited

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