Extra costs not figured into a company’s expenses can kill a budget, dragging down profits. Just ask a Texas food processor being hit by surcharges due to problems with its wastewater.
The plant, which
produces sauces, dressings and ready-to-drink beverages, was incurring more
than $600,000 a year in surcharges due to the high soluble concentrations of biochemical
oxygen demand (BOD) in its wastewater. The facility needed a more efficient
onsite wastewater treatment program to reduce BOD concentrations.
Inc., Irving, Texas, had the solution for them, recommending and installing
eight Bio-Amps feeding directly into the pH neutralization tank and an adjacent
lift station. The Bio-Amp is an automated system for growing and applying high
levels of bacteria that degrade the grease, carbohydrates, oils and other
organic matter in wastewater streams.
Combined, the eight
units pumped 248 trillion bacteria into the wastewater treatment system every
day. By cutting soluble BOD levels in half, Chem-Aqua saved its customer an
average of $175,000 in annual surcharges.