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Bioaugmentation with MICROBE-LIFT® Technology Remediates Polluted Drainage Retention Pond in Penang, Malaysia

S-10 is a flood mitigation river water holding pond in Penang, Malaysia. Drain water from Georgetown is channeled into this 150M x 85m x 2m deep retention pond before being discharged into the sea. Excess water in the pond is either drained into the sea during low tide by opening the tidal gate or through mechanical pumping when sea level is higher than the pond water level. The retention pond prevents ingress of salty seawater into Georgetown and allows free flow of surface drain water during heavy rain that coincides with high sea water level.

Hydrogen Sulfide Reduction and Corrosion Control – Industrial/Municipal Application at Stone Container in Savannah, Georgia

The plant is tied into the municipal wastewater treatment system. The plant had been in operation for several years and complaints from the city residents and government officials had been escalating because of the extremely unpleasant odors that were being emitted by the plant. Residents living near the plant began to complain about discoloration of window blinds and shades. Many reports of headaches and sore eyes began to surface. A determination was made that the high levels of hydrogen sulfide being emitted by the plant, either directly into the air due to an inadequate air scrubber systems, or as a result of effluent discharge into the wastewater sewer system, was the major cause of the yellowing effect on the blinds and shades as well as the source for the offensive odors in the air which could be associated with the high level of reported headaches and sore eyes.

A Major Oil Company in Hong Kong Remediates Subsurfacearbon Contamination with MICROBE-LIFT® Technology Hydroc

Ecological Laboratories has addressed wastewater technology internationally for over ten years. In that time they have remediated a variety of petroleum contaminated sites including oil production ponds in Venezuela for GEBetz, containment ponds in Israel, and sites in the Dominican Republic and throughout Asia. In this case, a major oil company, who chooses to remain anonymous, had detected contaminated soil under a concrete slab at an oil transportation and transfer site. The oil had seeped into the ground to a depth of two meters.

Bioaugmentation with MICROBE-LIFT® Technology Reduces Sludge Production by over 25% in Zeeland, Holland

The Bath WWS is a regional facility that covers many small communities over a large area serviced by a network of domestic sewage collection conduits. Total Population Equivalent (PE) of 537.000 is pumped to this central facility on the coast of Southern Zeeland. The facility is a well designed and operated wastewater treatment plant. The basic design brings the domestic sewage to a gross filter and then into a collection diverter that separates the flow into 4 trains. In each of the trains, the first tank is a covered primary (facultative) receiver, covered with thick floating Styrofoam sheets to lower odor emissions. From here it flows into an aeration tank system, and then onto large settling clarifier. After this point, the flow is dewatered and the pressed cake is further processed in anaerobic chambers.

Well-Operated Municipal Plant Achieves $130,000 Cost Savings from MICROBE-LIFT® Technology in Deutsch-Wagram, Austria

The sewage treatment plant of the borough Deutsch-Wagram is situated in the south west of the settlement on the left shore of the Rußbach and has been in operation since 1969. The drainage area is 350 hectares and the degradation performance is more than 90% based on mechanical, chemical and biological treatment. The waste water entering the sewage work at the supply tank is lifted up with screw pumps to the level of the sewage work and passes through a bar screen. A mechanical scraper removes coarse matter from the waste water. Then, the wastewater flows through the circular degritter where granular components are separated. Through a distributor structure the mechanical pre-cleaned wastewater enters the activated sludge tank with a capacity of 1440m3. The biological treatment is carried out by the activated sludge process. To cover the oxygen demand, air is supplied with cage rotor aerators into the wastewater. In the secondary settling tank, with a capacity of 2.300m3, the sludge settles down and is separated from the wastewater, treated biologically, then discharged to the receiving water (Rußbach). Through a siphon pipe the settled sludge enters the sludge recycling pump station. With screw pumps the sludge is pumped back into the activated sludge tank.

Bioaugmentation Remediates Heavy Organic Loading in Municipal Oxidation Pond in Drakenstein, South Africa

The primary influent pond is in a series of seven oxidation and maturation ponds serving the municipality of Drakenstein, S. Africa. This system was designed to allow the final maturation pond to be a polishing pond for nitrification to allow effluent of suitable quality to be discharged to the river. However, due to the high level of incoming organics the initial ponds are not effective enough to allow the system to work as designed. The key to this system is to improve treatment in the initial influent
pond to a level that allows efficacy in the remaining system.

Pusan, Korea Achieve 20% Sludge Reduction Allowing Digester to Handle Increased Loading

Busan is the second largest metropolis in South Korea. With a population of 3.6 million, it is second in size only to Seoul. With rapid urban development the city of Busan was continually challenged with increasing wastewater treatment demand.
The city’s anaerobic digester was only functioning at 70% of design efficiency based on volatile suspended solids (VSS) reduction.

Shoal Lake Lagoon Treatment with MICROBE-LIFT® Technology Ensures Rapid Start-up in Spring in Manitoba, Canada

Shoal Lake is a small town of less than 1,000 people in western Manitoba. The wastewater generated by the town is treated in a series of three aerated facultative lagoons to lower key pollutant discharge parameters prior to discharge to the lake. The lagoons are in series and referred to as Cell #1, #2, and #3. Cells #1 and #2 are both 49 years old with a surface area of 5 acres and a depth of 6 feet with an approximate volume of 10 million gallons (MG). Cell #3 has been in service for 26 years and is 7 acres by 6 feet deep with an approximate volume of 14 MG. Normal inflow into the series of lagoons is approximately 0.22 million gallons per day (MGD). There is an estimated 2 feet of sludge in each lagoon. This sludge build-up reduces the working volume of the lagoons and the hydraulic retention time (HRT) of the system by about 30%.

MICROBE-LIFT® Technology Speeds Compost Processing & Reduces Odor while Producing Higher Quality Compost in Donegal, UK

Situated in South Donegal, Enviro Grind is a waste recycling company that has diversified into the reprocessing of organic waste streams. Enviro Grind operates an ABP Category 3 approved in-vessel composting facility and takes in feedstock including
catering industry waste, pre and post food processing waste, fish and shellfish processing waste, some sludge material and green/garden waste.

Odor & Solids Reduction at Waste Water Treatment Plant on Resort Island in Southeast Georgia

A WWTP in Southeast Georgia located on a resort island has a 3 million gallon per day flow. The WWTP was experiencing major odor problems at the head of the plant, as well as poor digestion and settling of bio-solids in the SBR’s and aerobic digesters. The odors were primarily H2S and were the source of numerous complaints from the residents living in the vicinity of the WWTP. The plant was hauling and disposing an average of 125 to 150 tons of bio-solids per month at a cost of approximately $60 per ton, which equates to $7,500 to $9,000 total average hauling/disposal charges per month.

“Successful Applications of Bioaugmentation for Reducing Sludge Output from Biological WWT Plants & Anaerobic Digestors”

One of the major costs associated with the operation of biological wastewater treatment is the handling and disposal of sludges generated primarily in the conversion of soluble organics as measured by BOD/COD into either carbon dioxide (aerobic) or methane (anaerobic), water and bacterial cells. Often times the sludge generated in either of these processes may be subsequently treated in a digestor to reduce the volatile suspended solids (VSS) volume for disposal. Bioaugmentation with certain microbial consortia has been shown to lower the generation of solids in both aerobic and anaerobic wastewater processes by reducing the yield coefficient (y), as well as enhancing the efficiency of digestors designed to reduce the volume of solids for disposal.

Successful In Situ Remediation of Hydrocarbon Contaminated Soils in South Africa

Use of the vehicle workshop area at the Frito-Lay Simba Isando plant was discontinued due to outsourcing of the distribution chain. An area in front of the wash bay bordered by the workshop and boundary walls had been heavily contaminated by hydrocarbon. This contamination was a mix of petroleum (PRO) and diesel (DRO) range organics and covered a surface area of approximately 300 square meters. The contamination occurred in three main areas, these being DRO in approximately 30 square meters under the removed diesel tank, a mix of DRO and PRO in approximately 120 square meters in front of the wash bay and an area of approximately 90 square meters of tar macadam covered soil. The wash bay area was contaminated with a mixture of petroleum, diesel,oils, alkanes and kerosenes. During initial sampling the average depth of contamination was found to be 150 mm below the surface, a target depth of remediation was set at 250 mm below the surface. In order to re-use this ground the company requested they bioremediate the soil to a value below a total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) value of 2000 mg/kg. This value was chosen based on the fact that the site was industrial and would not readily be used for agriculture or human occupation in the foreseeable future. Another factor affecting this target is that the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) had in the past recommended the use of a similar target for hydrocarbons in an industrial area (Snyman 1996). The area was completely enclosed by concrete walls on three sides and a brick workshop on the remaining side. Thus, in-situ bioremediation was the preferred method providing the following benefits:

Effectiveness Of MICROBE-LIFT® Bacteria Mixture In Bioremediation of Petroleum Contaminated Soils at Mostardi-Platt Plant

MOSTARDI-PLATT ASSOCIATES, INC. (MPA) has prepared this letter to inform you of the preliminary results of a controlled experiment involving the full-scale field application of Microbe-Lift for remediation of petroleum contaminated soils. In this experiment, four relatively uniform soil cells, with volumes of approximately 30,000 cubic feet each, were to be remediated by bioremediation. The contamination involved was a heavy fraction of petroleum.

MICROBE-LIFT® Technology Helps Remediate TPH Contaminated Soils

PCS Nitrogen, a business unit of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, is one of the largest producers of nitrogen worldwide. It produces nitrogen fertilizers and feed ingredients from three manufacturing facilities in the US and one in Trinidad. When they experienced heavy contamination of soils with hydrocarbon and TPH compounds at two of their facilities, they utilized Ecological Laboratories’ MICROBE-LIFT® technology to remediate these sites.

MICROBE-LIFT® Technology Eliminates the Need for Capital Investment at a Rendering Plant in Guatemala

The facility is a rendering plant, utilizing a limited waste water system. The basic design has a cooling tower, from which the water passes through a grease trap and then into an aeration tower. The water is then discharged into a series of three small lagoons, with a retention time that is calculated to be between 10 and 15 days based on a system volume of 110,000 gallons in the tanks and lagoons and the flow which was believed to vary between 6,857and 11,428 gallons per day.

Cheese Factory Optimizes Treatment System and Resolves Odor Problem with MICROBE-LIFT® Technology

A small cheese factory with an activated sludge system was experiencing high levels of sulfide and mercaptan odors, high solids that clogged sand filters, and poor settling in their clarifier. All these problems were signs of inadequate treatment efficiency. Their 10,000-gallon daily flow was discharged to a 140,000-gallon aerobic digester, which then decanted to a clarifier where significant polymer addition was required to achieve settling.

Ohio Bakery Reduces FOG in Pretreatment Effluent with MICROBE-LIFT® Technology

A major full service bakery in Northern Ohio has a pretreatment plant which discharges to the local village wastewater treatment plant. The average daily flow through this plant is 15,000 to 25,000 per day. Influent waste concentration ranges from 6,000 to 100,000 mg/l CBOD; average suspended solids is 6,000 mg/l; and FOG level ranges between 800 mg/l to 1,000 mg/l.

Grease and Odors are Eliminated and the Treatment System is Restored at a Dairy In Panama

The grease traps and lagoon treatment system at this dairy beverage plant was severely overloaded with the high-organic dairy waste. Grease and other solids covered the surface of the lagoon and odors were intolerable, saturating clothing, and eliciting numerous complaints from surrounding neighborhoods. Biological treatment was poor as confirmed by microscopic exam that showed a high population of worms and solids that would not be present in an active biomass.

MICROBE-LIFT® Technology Speeds the Breakdown of Plant Litter at a Guatemalan Banana Plantation

Typical of most banana plantations, this operation left plant litter such as leaves and stalks on the floor of the banana stand in order to decompose and return nutrients to the soil to support new growth. However, it takes significant time for this litter to decompose or “compost” slowing the availability of needed nutrients.

Palm Oil Mill Achieves Wastewater Effluent Goals in Sabah, Malaysia with MICROBE-LIFT® Technology

This palm oil mill was having difficulty meeting effluent requirements due to build-up of sludge in its treatment lagoons. This mill was under pressure from the government to meet effluent requirements and from the surrounding area residents to eliminate tremendous malodor emanating from the lagoon system. This company was aware of the substantial cost of dredging the lagoon and was looking for a more cost-effective solution.

Polymer Manufacturer in Texas Utilizes MICROBE-LIFT® Technology to Improve Effluent Quality

A water-soluble polymer manufacturer was having difficulty with an activated sludge treatment system that failed to meet permit limits. The treatment system was designed with an initial flocculation phase, whereby the pH was adjusted to 12 or above, followed by an anaerobic treatment phase, which discharged to a typical aerobic activated sludge treatment process.

Odor Control, Reduced Solids, Lower Mortality, & Increased Crop Yields with MICROBE-LIFT® Add Up to Increased Profits in Hatfield, PA

Hatfield Farm is a producer for Country View Family Farms (CVFF), a subsidiary of Hatfield Quality Meats Company of Pennsylvania. CVFF is one of the largest swine co-ops in the United States with over 200 grow farms and 50 sow facilities. Working closely with their growers, CVFF is constantly working on technologies to improve efficiency.

Reduced Solids & Odor Control Improves Swine Health & Farm Profits in Lewisburg, PA

Pfleegor Farm is a contract grower for Country View Family Farms (CVFF), one of the largest swine farm co-ops in the United States. Gary Pfleegor operates a compact 15 acre, two-barn facility on a land tract that includes his personal home. The swine farm is relatively new and Gary has incorporated some of the latest technologies to optimize efficiency. His barns are kept in excellent condition. They are cleaned and the surfaces sanitized following each “grow cycle” to minimize potential problems within each production colony.

Sludge & Crust Removal by MICROBE-LIFT® Solves Manure Handling Problems in South Dakota

Located nine miles north of Ipswich, SD, this hog operation utilizes multiple barns and maintains approximately 10,000 hogs on site. The hog operation manager, Larry Wipf, is an experienced, well‐seasoned operator. The barns operate on a pull–plug manure collection system with all the hog waste draining to a common pumping station approximately 100 feet north of the 750,000 gallon concrete holding pit. The level of waste in this pit is maintained at a pre‐set level and as that level is exceeded, a pumping station approximately 30 feet to the west of the pit, automatically pumps the excess to the lagoon system. The lagoon system consists of two large lagoons set‐ up in sequence. The primary lagoon effluent is gravity fed to the second lagoon via an installed culvert system. The secondary lagoon is pumped yearly and the effluent is land applied by a pivot irrigation system.

Hog Farm Improves Work Conditions & Wastewater Treatment with MICROBE-LIFT®/HOG in S.E. Georgia

This twenty-year old farm consisted of several barns each of which was equipped with two 242-gallon rinse tanks that were used to flush the pit area under the barns twice daily. The manure pits discharged to a 5.5 million gallon lagoon. The lagoon was not meeting the discharge permit levels. Examination determined that there was no presence of biological activity in the lagoon and the solids build-up on the lagoon surface was at a critical level. H2S odor was so severe that plant employees were often unable to perform their duties because of respiratory problems and eye irritation.

MICROBE-LIFT® Technology Treatment Saves Farm from Closure in Dominican Republic

The Agrotel Company owns and operates a wholesale agricultural supply company as well as a swine farm in Moca, Dominican Republic. The farm maintains 450 to 500 sows and approximately 10,000 piglets. The barn wash-down and manure wastewater is collected, the solids are separated for feed and fertilizer, and the wastewater flows into a lagoon. There is no surface exit for runoff, but water does percolate through the soil and emit odors downstream.

MICROBE-LIFT® Technology Removes Two Feet of Surface Scum from Manure Pit in Shelby, OH

Merlin Newswenger’s dairy farm includes a 70’ X 70’ lagoon with 8’ walls that holds 39,200 cubic feet or approximately 300,000 gallons. This farm currently maintains 72 cows, using straw and shavings as bedding. Due to capacity constraints, the lagoon needed to be cleaned out approximately every four months based on cow numbers and rainfall. Surface solids (crust) were up to 24 inches thick that required extra payment to a manure hauler to agitate the pit before pump-out.

Syrian Poultry Farm Increases Profits by 34% with MICROBE-LIFT® Technology

The idea of using MICROBE-LIFT® in poultry production was encouraged by fact that many international manufacturers of veterinarian products have recently introduced feed additives containing various forms of live bacteria. These probiotic products, which usually contain a short list of non-beneficial remaining after the food moves down the digestive track. As the bacteria contained in MICROBE-LIFT® play the same role when used on the solid surfaces (walls, pipes, floors, etc.) of stables, barns and food processing plants, it was logical to think that the non-pathological bacteria consortium in our products would be worth studying in this capacity.

Ammonia Reduction & Reduced Beetle Larvae with MICROBE-LIFT® Technology in Poultry Composting in Honduras

Lazarus & Lazarus, a technology-based construction firm in Honduras, contacted a distributor of Ecological Laboratories to explore technology to improve their poultry litter processing. Ecological Laboratories’ technologists devised a test protocol using MICROBE-LIFT® technology conducted at an experimental poultry farm. This farm is utilized to evaluate new technology to optimize efficiency of operations for poultry farms.

MICROBE-LIFT® Revives Pond at the Sanctuary Housing Development in Jacksonville, FL

Sanctuary housing area was developed in the early 1990’s along the inter-coastal waterway. This development had a 2-acre pond surrounded by homes that are 10 to 15 feet away from the edge of the pond and pollution was a problem. At this point there was active construction on the last phase of the housing development. They had experienced 3 fish kills between August 2004 and March 2007.

Private Equestrian Park Uses MICROBE-LIFT® to Restore Two Ponds in St. John’s County in FL

The design of this privately held, large equestrian park included 3 acre, 1 acre, and 0.5 acre ponds. These ponds became polluted from high levels of organics and inorganics from the surrounding environment, as well as fertilizer run-off from its use on surrounding grass and other landscape features. Eutrophic conditions had developed and there was no longer aquatic life in the ponds.

MICROBE-LIFT® Restores a Natural Refuge for an Upscale Neighborhood in Doylestown, PA

Appian Way is a beautiful community of upscale homes in Buck County. This development maintains a common area of nine acres and a one-acre pond.
In 2004, the property manager experienced a problem with ugly mat surface blooms on the pond. In addition, sludge was building up with the development of 1½ to 2 feet of bottom solids, and the fish were not visible due to the turbidity of the water. They had experienced fish kills due to lack of oxygen in the water.

Lee County Health Park in Fort Meyers, FL Restores Pond Ecosystem with MICROBE-LIFT® Technology

Health Park is a well-respected health facility in Fort Myers, FL that includes a scenic pond on the grounds.
When this 1.5-acre oval pond became unbalanced, they needed a plan to return it to a healthy state. This 6-foot deep pond showed signs of excessive nutrient loading from lawn fertilizer run-off and the water was becoming turbid. An accumulation of bottom solids and algal blooms indicated inadequate microbiological degradation or “cleansing”.

MICROBE-LIFT® Restores Retention Pond at South Point Office Park in Jacksonville, FL

This 12-acre office park in Florida was designed with a one-acre pond at its bottom edge for water retention. However, as the surrounding areas were maintained with fertilizers and pesticides the pond became filled with surface scum creating a very unattractive eyesore. The primary points of pollution were run-off from fertilizer applied by the lawn care company, grass clippings from the lawn maintenance company, storm water from the parking lot, and debris from surrounding trees. The pond had been previously treated by a different company with chemical algaecide and blue dye to remediate algae but this treatment was not effective long-term.

Water Restoration and Enhancement of Pond at Winkler Bible Camp in Manitoba, Canada

The following performance information was provided by Mr. Gerald Wiebe owner of Ecological Dynamics, Inc, Manitoba MB, Canada. Gerald has featured our technology for water enhancement and restoration successfully for over 12 years. Due to his success in natural biological water management he was contacted to address a water quality problem at Winkler Bible Camp.
The pond in question consists of a man made three acre pond with a maximum depth of 14 feet and is used for swimming and other recreational activities at the summer camp.

“Determining The Effects of Bioaugmentation by Mark Krupka 5 pp.”

Based on qualitative studies performed in Taiwan that demonstrated increased yield by weight of Tiger prawns grown in commercial shrimp ponds to which a bioaugmentation product had been added, a quantitative study was undertaken to determine statistically the improved yield, if any, on Macrobrachium rosenbergii. Feed was also monitored to determine biomass conversion efficiencies.

Bioremediation of Occom Pond at Dartmouth College Clears Water in NH

Pine Park is a ninety‐acre forest of 125‐year-old pine trees at Dartmouth College. This park begins at the north end of campus,
along the edge of the Hanover Country Club golf course, and extends along the Connecticut River from Ledyard Canoe Club northward. The trees were saved from the Diamond Match Company in 1900 by local residents who later turned the land over to the College and to the Town of Hanover.

MICROBE-LIFT® Technology Solves Waste Treatment Problems for Feed Lot in Vera Cruz, Mexico

This ranch has a capacity of 22,000 head of cattle. The waste system consists of 16 lagoons (12 X 18 X 5 meters each). Twelve lagoons are saturated, 2 are closed, and 2 are new lagoons. In the lot, there are 7 separate sections with two lagoons collecting waste from the holding yards. In the pits, the fall manure is mixed with the existing manure daily, collected in lagoons, and gravity fed to the waste lagoon system. Total pit volume is 1,083 m3

Engineering Research of the Microbial Revitalization of Xiba River with MICROBE-LIFT® Technology in Kunming City, China

“More than US$ 2 billion have been spent from 1993 to 2000 to clean up the Dianchi Lake in China’s scenic Yunnan province. But the investments have produced little if any payoff because they have not addressed the root sources of pollution such as agricultural runoff. The central and provincial governments are now looking for innovative ways to address the problem.“ Quoted from an online April 2000 report by the U.S. Embassy Beijing.

National Seminar On Biological Application and Environmental Friendly Protection of Malaysian Rivers

Biological treatment and reliance on bacteria is not new or novel; it has played a central role in conventional waste treatment throughout the history of mankind. What is new however, is our growing understanding of the natural processes and how we can utilize bacteria for industrial, agricultural and residential applications in breaking down organic waste thereby enhancing the bio degradation process fundamental to natural recycling and sanitation clean-ups.

Determining The Performance of MICROBE-LIFT® in Shrimp Aquaculture In India

High density commercial aquaculture farming of Tiger Prawn, pacific white prawn (Vannamei), Tilapia or Basa Shrimp and/or fish fecal matter, as well as leftover feed, pollutes the water in Aquaculture ponds, contributing to high nitrate and organic waste. The polluted water results in hypereutrophication with large quantities of decaying dead algae and organic waste from fish and/or shrimp excretion creating a thick layer of organic waste known as bottom sludge. The pond’s ecological balance will be significantly disturbed when the sludge builds up reducing the water volume. This is very critical for shrimp culture, as bottom sludge can shorten the effective grow-out period, resulting in very small size shrimp at harvest. The formation of sludge can also end up in disease for the shrimps thus losing the entire harvest at times. Many shrimp ponds are experiencing extremely high mortality beyond 4 months due to the accumulation of bottom sludge. As an example, Tiger prawns only grow to about 12 to 15 grams in size when harvested at 4 months, but can increase to 30 to 35 grams when harvested at 6 months, which then commands a premium price which can be even more than two times the market price.

Bangladesh CEPT Textile Wastewater Treatment Program

The biological system managed to reduce COD from 1000 mg/L to about 300 mg/L from original value of 1000 mg/L to 700 mg/L within one month of Microbe-Lift bioaugmentation.

Ecological Asia Pte Ltd (EAsia) works closely with the owner of CETP, Flagship Ecosystem Investments Pte Ltd, Singapore to improve the biological treatment with Microbe-Lift Bioremediation technology. The success of this project is used as a case reference worldwide.

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