Water water everywhere, save me a drop to drink

Last month, we wrote about ocean pollution and how untreated wastewater is wreaking havoc with oceanic waters and ecosystems all over the world. The good news with oceans is that while wastewater contamination is not yet being dealt with on a war footing, at least plastic pollution of oceans is being addressed urgently and seriously by governments the world over. Increasingly, more and more individuals and corporates too are waking up and acting upon reducing the threat to our oceans posed by indiscriminate plastic use. Once we start devoting equal attention to wastewater pollution, our oceans will certainly become the clean and clear life-giving elements they’ve always been.

However, in this urgent rush to clean our oceans, we seem to have forgotten our other water bodies that are equally important for sustaining life on Earth. Our rivers and lakes and ponds and wells and reservoirs and groundwater sources are all under severe stress globally. Rampant construction, blatant disregard for environmental norms, persistent dumping of all manners of waste have all contributed to constricting our fresh water sources and also turning the water quality hazardous and sometimes, even fatal.

Not only is all this fresh water the source for all our drinking water, it is also the engine that enables all food produced on the planet. And food production contributes a lot to both the degradation of water quality and the diminishing levels of fresh water and also to water contamination. The UN estimates that 70% of all fresh water on Earth goes towards irrigation. Add in the water needed to raise livestock and that is an overpowering percentage of Earth’s fresh water supplies going towards food production. Not that food production is bad. Obviously, we need to produce food. Science says, on average, humans will be able to survive only 8 to 21 days without food even though the number depends also on a whole host of other factors like genetics, physical conditions and more. However, every body KNOWS that without water, we can’t hope to survive beyond a week.

Our food production systems have been inefficient for a while. And with the world’s population slated to touch 10 billion by 2050, the strain on our already overloaded food production is going to be immense. Agriculture especially needs to change drastically. Heavily pesticide dependent farming practises the world over have not only diminished crop yields – leading to increasingly higher amounts of pesticide consumption, these pesticides have also damaged soil quality and contaminated ground water and rivers and lakes and ponds and wells and even seas with chemical run-off. This contaminated water is then re-used for drinking and growing more food, perpetuating this cycle. Untouched, this is a vicious circle of self-harm certain to destroy all life on the planet and also destroy the soil and water that enable life.

Change is desperately needed. Yes, agriculture needs to become sustainable. Yes, individuals need to make many lifestyle changes to ensure continued life on the planet. Yes, governments and civic bodies need to put the environment above “development”. Yes, corporates need to look past their own bottomlines and change how their output affects the earth. And yes, we need to protect our fresh water sources from contamination. Not just solid waste that chokes these water bodies but also chemicals, sewage, oils, fats, grease, pathogens that leach into our water from all the waste we send into them untreated.

At Organica Biotech, we have harnessed the best strengths of nature and optimised them over years of research to create scientifically advanced solutions. Solutions that address all the issues we need resolved to ensure Earth remains a place where life can flourish for generations to come. And yes, our solutions ensure wastewater treatment address all the issues can continue to sustain life resolved to married them e have been marrying science and nature with 19 years of research to create the best natural solutions to deal with the most urgent issues facing our planet today. And we have created microbial solutions that address all aspects of wastewater treatment optimally and efficiently.

Apart from agricultural run-off, wastewater enters our water bodies from two main sources: industrial wastewater and sewage.

Industrial wastewater is not only difficult to degrade, it contains a whole raft of toxic organic, and inorganic, pollutants. Our flagship wastewater treatment solution, Bioclean, is a carefully selected consortium of naturally occurring microbes and active enzymes that can degrade a wide spectrum of organic pollutants. The microbes in Bioclean can handle a wide range of climatic and environmental conditions and can deal with a broad spectrum of contaminants. High BOD/COD levels, high TDS, excessive sludge are some of the major issues affecting industrial wastewater treatment plants but Bioclean resolves all these issues. In addition, Bioclean also manages biomass settling and shock loads and toxicity. Industrial wastewater is also usually rife with colour and odour issues which Bioclean ensures are removed from the effluent.

And when it comes to anaerobic wastewater treatment, we have created a special variant of Bioclean called Bioclean ANB. Bioclean ANB can degrade almost all natural and manmade organic contaminants while ensuring odourless degradation. This is especially useful in food processing plants and for treating municipal and agricultural waste where inefficient degradation leads to production of hydrogen sulphide in the waste, the main cause of foul odours in the effluent

Sewage, as you can imagine, contains a lot of pathogens. Pathogens that can be fatal once they reach our water. Our solution to address this is called Bioclean STP, a variant of Bioclean specifically innovated to help with sewage treatment. Bioclean STP contains a carefully chosen consortium of microbes to biologically degrade the various types of organic waste in sewage. These microbes consume organic compounds in the sewage as food and also compete with the other bacteria present in the sewage to reduce the population of pathogens. Bioclean STP also works spectacularly at managing other sewage issues like high levels of sludge generation, extreme odours, poor quality biomass formation, poor treated water quality, ineffective COD/BOD reduction, and poor MLSS development.

One other issue that causes contamination of water bodies is oil spills. Not just oceans, oil spills affect fresh water sources too. And also soil. Our special solution called Bioclean FOG has been especially created to address this issue. Bioclean FOG is faster, effective and economical when it comes to remediation of hydrocarbons in soil and water. Bioclean FOG ensures these oil hydrocarbons are broken down into simpler compounds like carbon dioxide and water.

Our bouquet of solutions is perfect for municipal bodies, housing societies and industrial wastewater treatment plants to ensure that the wastewater they generate is fully treated and free from toxic chemicals and pathogens. After all, we only have one planet and we all need to work together to ensure we nourish it so it can nurture us.

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