by Heather Jennings, PE
If I had to choose a favorite of our microbial products it would have to be our Microplex® JS product. It is a two-part formulation of a live synergistic blend of natural, Class I bacteria, specifically chosen for their ability to rapidly degrade solids, fats, lipids, proteins, detergents, hydrocarbons, and other compounds. It’s actually magical in the sense that we can start a new activated sludge plant with it or help one recover rapidly when biomass is lost. I can put it in and know it works. What’s even better is that it’s a live culture: mix two 50 ml vials in 55 gallons of water and within hours you have 55 gallons of microbial product ready to apply. Does it save the world? No, but if you’d like a break from some of the biomass issues you’ve been dealing with it can at least save you an ulcer or two.
Here’s a case study involving Microplex® JS.
Each year a summer camp in Utah becomes inundated with campers. The camp’s wastewater treatment plant goes dormant during the winter months with only occasional flows. The biomass becomes very inactive and in years past became overloaded and upset when the high organic load arrived at the plant at the beginning of the camping season. After battling with the plant year after year to get it to accommodate the high spring load and function correctly, the operator looked for a way to jump-start the system.
Through use of Microplex® JS, the plant quickly acclimatized to the higher load and met the system’s permit requirements. In addition, the operator is very happy with the results of the inoculation with Microplex® JS and how the plant continues to function during the camp’s open season. He plans to continue to use Microplex® JS at the start of each year.
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