Reduces Environmental Footprint
Another technical article written by the largest peer reviewed environmental publication in the Americas about Cypher International Ltd. and the highly proven UltraZyme® wastewater remediation solution.
The effluent generated by livestock at agricultural operations all over North and South America has a significant environmental footprint that flows far downstream from its source. One Hog farm in particular has been using a breakthrough technology referred to as UltraZyme® to enhance the biological activity within its waste lagoons in order to discharge a much less toxic waste stream into the environment. UltraZyme® has been in use for over a year now for wastewater remediation at a hog farm owned by Blue Ribbon, near Panama City, Panama, and its results have been closely monitored through lab tests, visual verification and testimonials, proving its great success. Most notably present in these effluents, or agricultural runoffs, are manure and urine as well as other contaminants resulting from the continuous requirements and byproducts of livestock production. The increased global population has meant an increased demand for food and a subsequent high demand for livestock and farm products, which has also meant a larger environmental footprint is produced.
Blue Ribbon, a company who manufactures various pork products, has an operation near Panama City, Rep. de Panama where they raise approximately 1,000 – 1,500 hogs. Blue Ribbon was very concerned about their environmental footprint due to the drain field of their effluent ponds flowing directly into a nearby stream. For well over a year now, Blue Ribbon has been using a product called UltraZyme® produced by a Canadian Firm Cypher International Ltd., for effective effluent clean-up so that the threat of polluting the nearby stream has now been eliminated and thus their environmental footprint has been reduced. UltraZyme® is a 100% environmentally friendly technology and was the ideal point-source wastewater remediation solution to Blue Ribbon’s problem.
UltraZyme® is a unique product that utilizes enzymes to increase the rate of microorganism activity to significantly enhance the rate of degradation of any present organic contaminates while providing simultaneous odour control. UltraZyme® is effective in a diverse number of applications such as wastewater treatment, oil & grease traps and interceptors, septic tanks, landfills, contaminated soil, aquaculture and a number of other agricultural and industrial related applications including waste lagoons. UltraZyme® is equally effective in both aerobic and anaerobic environments, is 100% biodegradable and is applied using conventional spray equipment.
The main concern regarding agricultural run-off and effluents is the significant downstream effects produced once the contamination reaches various waterways including rivers, lakes and streams. The excess nutrient load from the manure, urine and other toxins brings with it a large bacteria population that is required to digest these nutrients. However the bacteria requires oxygen to break down the effluent and thus use up the dissolved oxygen present in the water. This is referred to as BOD (biological oxygen demand), which is the amount of oxygen required by bacteria to consume the waste present in a specified volume of water. This phenomenon was the main concern at Blue Ribbon as the nearby waterways were experiencing numerous downstream effects due to the high levels of BOD.
In total a volume of 27,000 gallons (102,206 litres) of raw wastewater flows through Blue Ribbon’s lagoons on a daily basis. And thus, the same amount flows through the drain field and into the stream causing the subsequent environmental impacts mentioned above. And despite such a large daily flow rate, only 1.5 gallons (5678 ml.) of UltraZyme® have been used on a daily basis and the environmental concerns have been eliminated. The visual effect on the water has been remarkable, which combined with the laboratory results that have been achieved, are great barometers for the success of UltraZyme®.
The laboratory results provided in Table 1 are proof of the dramatic improvements that UltraZyme® can produce in a very short period of time. After only 10 days the BOD levels dropped over 25% which is already a dramatic result. In the same period of time there were also reductions in COD (chemical oxygen demand), suspended solids and fats, oils & grease by 20%, 25% and 24% respectively. However this was just during the first 10 days of treatment and these contamination levels continued to go down as treatment continued, showing vast improvements.
Blue Ribbon uses a separator followed by a series of four lagoons with a filter in between lagoon number three and four. UltraZyme® is added to the effluent as it leaves the separator before it enters lagoon number one, at a rate of one gallon per day. A small dose of UltraZyme® is also added in lagoon number three, but to maximize the product’s life-span (7 – 10 days) a re-circulating pipe was installed in lagoon four to allow some of the effluent to flow back into lagoon number 3 before exiting into the drain field. The daily UltraZyme® addition to lagoon number 3 is only one-half of a gallon. Both of these figures add up to the one and one-half gallons of UltraZyme® that is used per day to treat an amazing 27,000 gallons of wastewater effluent.
The other major problem that Blue Ribbon was plagued with was the horrible odour produced from the effluent it generated. The workers at the farm all previously had to work in very unpleasant conditions, not to mention the local residents of a nearby town who were burdened with the problem 365 days a year. The problem has now been solved because while UltraZyme® reduces environmental contaminates such as BOD and COD, it provides simultaneous odour control. The Blue Ribbon factory is no longer seen as a nuisance by the surrounding community because of the foul odours it produces, but is now seen as a valuable member of the local economy.
It has now been well over a year since Blue Ribbon began using UltraZyme® in April of 2005. The results have proven the product’s efficacy on many levels including the visual results, reductions in environmental contamination levels and of course odour control. With the addition of UltraZyme®, Blue Ribbon has also been able to stop using other toxic chemicals in their water clean up process such as flocculants, caustic solvents and other toxic materials. Due to UltraZyme®’s use, Blue Ribbon no longer has to worry about its environmental impact far downstream and in their own community. However, the best reference regarding the benefits of the product can be extrapolated from the following statement made by a Blue Ribbon employee, “The water running out of the drain field and into a nearby stream is so clean I’ve washed my hands in it and all that I noticed was a slight herbal smell.”