EC is a non-hazardous/completely safe natural blend of glucose enzymes which cause the natural and normally existing bacteria and fungi to rapidly increase by several billion times. When this happens the bacteria and fungi feed on the organic matter present and in that process break the bonds and digest the components.
In this process, the organic contamination is broken down and the bond between the machinery, floors or any other surface is broken and the contamination biologically broken down and destroyed. The result is a far cleaner surface than is normally achieved with conventional cleaners or steam spraying. The effects last considerably longer because the surface is less likely to accumulate additional contaminants as fast as would normally be found with a residue remaining from conventional methods.
When EC is used for cleaning, the enzymes runoff to ponds and continue to work for approximately 7 days. In the runoff the enzymes clean and deodorize the drain network and begin the process of bioremediation of effluent from the mill.
For treatment of the ponds, the procedure involves dosing the ingoing drain with a predetermined amount of EC preferably mixed with approximately 10 times the amount of water so as to get good dispersion in the early stage. Since EC bio-remediation is an aerobic process it is highly desirable that at least the first two ponds have mixers that will keep the oxygen in-the-mix and feed the EC process.
The first stage of treatment of ponds would involve kick starting the bio-remediation process by adding a larger amount of EC diluted with approximately 10 times the amount of water to get dispersion to each of the ponds. This will almost immediately result in a large reduction in odor -a signal that the bio-remediation process is working. The second stage involves a steady dose in the first pond and perhaps a smaller dose in the final pond. On treatment of the first ponds, it is no longer necessary to pump the aerobic bacterial water from the last pond to the first because the first ponds already contain vastly more aerobic bacteria than would be helped by pumping. Therefore, pumps can be shut down permanently.
The BOD and COD will be reduced dramatically to below local standards. In sewage ponds, the BOD is reduced to less than 100 without increasing the retention time. It is projected that the retention time for mill ponds could be reduced by approximately half while achieving the desired BOD levels. Also, the amount of sludge. estimated by results from sewage ponds, should be reduced by 60-70 percent thus reducing the need for pond dredging. The bio-remediation process is so active that the bacteria and fungi continue to consume the sludge resulting in a reduction of that material.