Lakes and other bodies of water across North America are plagued with toxic Blue-Green algae (Cyanobacteria) blooms. These blooms suffocate plant and wildlife, which often makes the lake inhabitable in particular potions where the blooms are most heavily concentrated. For people who live on these lakes or patrons who frequent those areas for vacation, this can cause people to avoid using the lake for swimming and other activities because these algae cause, at minimum, skin irritation. However, if the algae booms become bad enough, governing bodies prohibit the use of the lake entirely due to health and safety protocols. These prohibitions often happen in the hotter months of the summer at lakes where Cyanobacteria is present.
Microcystin is a class of toxins produced by Blue-Green algae that can be highly dangerous to humans and wildlife if large enough quantities are produced by the blooms. For humans, the toxin cannot be digested properly and can cause serious damage to the liver if consumed. Unfortunately, there is evidence that suggests the toxin can be easily transported by irrigation to food chain resources. Furthermore, if the algae blooms are not mitigated properly, they can overwhelm wastewater treatment plants, which risk infecting water tables.
Through June 2020, EnBiorganic completed the technology demonstration of the EBS-Di at a municipal lagoon in Kindersley, Saskatchewan. The goal of the project was to show how the EnBiorganic process can eliminate sludge, odour, reduce costs, and increase system efficiency for wastewater treatment plants (WWTP).
The EBS-Di is a remotely monitored autonomous microbial generator that creates massive concentrations of the soil bacteria in an active and adapted format trained on the target material. These EBS-Di generated microbes work more than 10 times faster than the typical standard of inactive spore state microbes currently sold in the market. The EnBiorganic microbes work by outcompeting harmful microbes because the Enbiorganic consortium is selected to work synergistically and thrive in the same conditions as the harmful microbiology, reproducing rapidly and efficiently.
In partnership with a Canadian licensed service provider, EnBiorganic installed its flagship technology into a sectioned off portion of the Kindersley lagoon. The Saskatchewan Research Council provided third party testing on key metrics: Total Solids, E-Coli, Coliforms, and Microcystin, the toxin produced by Cyanobacteria (Blue-Green algae).
The EBS-Di only ran for 10 days, and by the end of the test period, the EnBiorganic process saw amazing results! There was a 67.5% decrease in Total Solids, a 99.18% decrease in E-Coli, a 93.15% decrease in Coliforms, and the elimination of Microcystins to a negligible level below the limit considered safe by all regulatory agencies, including World Health Organization.
The same process that was used at this lagoon with the EBS-Di can be applied to lakes, ponds, and dugouts that are struggling with Blue-Green algae blooms. What is even more promising is that the EnBiorganic technology team is able to custom formulate the microbial consortium to whatever project it is facing. Therefore, the EBS-Di can be supercharged with microbiology that can specifically target algae and eliminate it. In the case of the Kindersley lagoon, the EnBiorganic microbiology used was formulated for wastewater, yet was still able to eliminate Microcystins.
EnBiorganic is presently fielding demonstration partners who are pursuing a solution to remediate and eliminate Algae and HAB in their lake or pond.