Lift stations are commonly used as a part of operations across a variety of different industries. While they are extremely useful, they can be difficult to maintain when not cared for properly. At Microbial Discovery Group (MDG), we have spent countless hours in the field with our partners, reviewing their customer's maintenance challenges, and looking for new ways to innovate. As a result, we were inspired to create a comprehensive approach to
Lagoons and ponds have been used for treating wastewater for over 3,000 years. Today there are over 8,000 wastewater treatment lagoons in operation within the United States. One appeal to using lagoons is that they generally require less energy than other treatment systems and have lower operation and maintenance costs. That being said, proper performance still requires some form of ongoing maintenance and upkeep. At Microbial Discovery Group
Through the wastewater treatment process, there are components left over that are separated from the liquid phase. This collection of leftovers is referred to as sludge, which is then further treated within tanks. At Microbial Discovery Group (MDG), we have explored the process of treating sludge within sludge tanks and have designed our Biotifx® products and program to assist with this treatment and ongoing maintenance. As a first step when we
In a story as old as time, a new product comes to market, fails to make an impact, then fizzles out. Now, in talking with our customers, what we have learned is that some of the new “ground-breaking” solutions just end up causing more headaches than they’re worth. So, when the time came to expand our biological product offerings within the wastewater market, we sought to rewrite that story and began the process of developing our
I was recently asked the WHY behind our current expansion. When I started to break it down, there were 4 key drivers that went into the new MDG facility design:
Reliability via redundancy
Production of 50+ strains
The expanding Bacillus market
Capacity expansion. This is the no-brainer for expanding. MDG was reaching 75% of our capacity, so we either had to expand or recognize there would be a future cap
After experiencing the in-field affects that Biotifx™ products have on odor reduction; it is easy to understand that these products can reduce hydrogen sulfide and odor levels in a variety of industrial applications. The common question following that understanding is: how? Although Bacillus work in similar ways when it comes to pet odors, landfill odor, and drain odors, let’s focus on the process of odor removal within wastewater
It might be best if I start out this month’s newsletter with a brief introduction. My name is Ardean Veldkamp, business development manager at Microbial Discovery Group (MDG). I joined MDG in 2013 and have been working in the biotech industry for over 25 years.
In late 2015, MDG launched the Biotifx™ Platform to the wastewater market. The Biotifx™ Platform is a product and program approach that not only includes access to proven
A municipal wastewater treatment plant dosed with Biotifx™ ULTRA showed significant cost reduction and operational efficiency improvements, including a 50% reduction in bio-solids from sequencing batch reactors (SBR’s). Improvements in efficiency and cost included: reduction in odor control chemicals, belt press polymer, electricity, enzyme use, and sludge hauling. In just 3.5 months, the savings in sludge hauling alone was 2.5
In the U.S., there are over 15,000 operational public wastewater treatment facilities. Of these, over 70% are considered ‘small systems’. EPA considers a wastewater system small if it serves a community with a population of 10,000 or fewer people and an average daily wastewater flow of less than 1M gallons per day (GPD). Because small communities tend to be economically disadvantaged, under-served, land locked, and
Industrial wastewater systems are found in the majority of manufacturing facilities that use water in their manufacturing process. This includes food and beverage, pulp and paper, chemical processing, petroleum, textile and steel industries. As a rule, industrial wastewater is relatively high strength and is subject to extreme characteristics. Industries are being driven to explore and invest in new approaches to treatment.