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With thousands of fat, oil and grease (FOG) related sewer spills every year, fat has become the enemy of water authorities worldwide, and the United States is no exception.

Barry Newman, a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, said in an article published in June 2001, "America's sewers are in a bad way. Three quarters are so bunged up that they work at half capacity, causing 40,000 illegal spews a year into open water. Local governments already spend $25 billion a year to keep the sewers running. The Water Infrastructure Network, a coalition of the wastewater aware, warns that it will cost an additional $20 billion a year for the next 20 years to keep them from falling apart.

"Tree roots, corrosion, cave-ins, bottles, rusty car parts, almost anything will divert sewage on its way to the treatment plant. But the blockages now are almost all enveloped in fat and the main perpetrator is fried food."

The major problem is that solids stick in fats and pipes slowly occlude. The fat hardens; chunks break off and flow down the pipe and can jam in the machinery of underground pumps. That, to use a more digestible metaphor, can cause a municipal heart attack. There's also the problem of FOG coating and enveloping pumps in sewer lines, causing overheating and eventual burn out. Replacement costs are expensive.

The cost of FOG related issues, both above ground and within the sewer network, is hard to quantify, but a look at the domino effects demonstrates that there are substantial savings to be made from professional pipeline and drain line management.

On the commercial side, how much does it cost restaurants and fast food franchises in unbudgeted and emergency plumbing call-out costs? Drains will be unblocked, albeit temporarily, before blockages reoccur and more money is spent to alleviate the problem. The only winner here is the plumber! Pipe work can be damaged with the overuse of caustic agents, chemicals and rooting. And there's the environmental issue of putting chemicals down the drain.

Then there's the environmental health problem associated with pipeline backups. Raw sewage in food preparation areas is not a good idea and someone has to clean up the resultant mess. That's either the staff or a specialist company; either way it's more expense and what of the damage to the reputation of the food purveyor?

For water companies the costs can be horrendous and require a lot of manpower. Repairs to main sewers may be required as a result of serious blockages and the cost of repairing major items like pumping equipment that fails due to an ingress of fat can be staggering.

So, is there a way to alleviate the problems associated with FOG in drains and sewer networks? We believe that there is and that we can effectively treat other compounds such as starches, sugars, and gelatins, as well as odor problems related to these compounds. In fact, during the research and breeding of the FOG related bacteria, Environmental Biotech scientists discovered - almost by accident - a bio enzyme that totally removes the smell of urine by eradicating the uric acid crystals that cause the odor.

Ours is a proactive service approach that applies a management discipline to solving problems before they occur. It is much better to have no drain backup at all than to deal with it after it's happened, overflowed and caused a major inconvenience. When taking responsibility for the management of our clients' drainage system, our role is to remove the hassle so they can focus on what they do best, which is run their businesses profitably.

The GES® Grease Eradication System uses bioremediation to eliminate FOG safely and efficiently. Using billions of live vegetative bacteria that feed on grease and oil, they are introduced into pipe work and drains and immediately begin consuming the waste, converting it into harmless carbon dioxide and water. Because they are live organisms they can be introduced on site, in the immediate vicinity of a problem where they can begin work in an instant.

For commercial operators in the food sector, a major tool in the long term maintenance program is the installation of a system that injects live vegetative bacteria into the pipes and drains twelve times each day. The reservoirs containing these short-lived bacteria are replaced every twenty-one days.

The environmentally friendly process of bioremediation ensures that the drain lines stay clear and flowing, helping to keep a facility up and running and on budget, without unexpected emergencies and unbudgeted emergency calls.

By removing the FOG problem at its source we are also helping water authorities further down the line, as eventually this will result in less blockages in the sewer network.

The GES® Grease Eradication System has been developed over almost two decades by Environmental Biotech International and is now being used in many countries across the globe. Many water companies and organizations with wastewater issues have benefited from this technology, which is recognized by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and DEFRA here in the UK.

We already provide these products and services to water authorities around the world. We can also help with Hydrogen sulphide reduction in the sewer system.

They all apply to your business. Contact us to learn more about each service or for a no obligation survey of your premises.
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