Nature's Solution for Polluted Environments
13 April 2010, News release from Sannitree International
The need to process sewerage and waste in an economical, hygienic and environmentally sound manner, - staving off water borne disease, in sub economic areas as well as at the top end the desire to create an odour-free has been achieved by Sannitree.
Oddly enough, the catalyst that bridges the divide between the waste-disposal needs of the very rich and extreme poor is a locally-developed product range that was introduced twenty years ago in Cape Town by entrepreneur, Mike Mayne.
Sannitree are remarkable, completely organic, formulations that are now being exported to dozens of developing countries as an efficient way of dealing with waste.
"They have proven to be the answer in Third World situations," explains Mike Mayne, the developer. "Being natural, they cause no pollution and are 100% environmentally-friendly. They contain non-pathogenic bacteria and enzymes that are harmless to people, animals, plumbing and clothing."
The Cape Town operation is the hub of an eco-friendly waste purification system that is now assisting authorities in developing countries to prevent pollution and stave off epidemics. It is completely in line with world best practice. Particularly important is the ability of these natural enzymes to protect the natural environment. These pollutants are often by-products of household and industrial cleaners that have found their way into the ecosystem.
"An important benefit of Sannitree is its ability to forestall the oxygen depletion that organic waste causes - typically depleting the levels of oxygen in water and starving plant and animal life, adds Mike Mayne.
How do the Sannitree range of products work? The company's enzymologist, Rupert Jackson explains. "They are formulated from selected enzymes and micro-organisms that stimulate and enhance the natural decomposition process of waste organic matter without causing environmental harm.
"They comes from freeze-dried powder from which the granular form is produced. Water is added and they become powerful microbial soup, which feeds off the nutrients and pollutants in the water. The bacterial broth literally eats the problem away!"
The bacterial element is particularly effective, explains Jackson. Given the ideal conditions of food and temperature which is precisely what a sewer could provide in a temperate climate, bacteria is able to divide into two identical cells every 30 minutes. This is extremely fast and the exponential result of this is that one single cell could multiply - in just 24 hours - to 140 million cells which results in a rapid evisceration of the waste - including the unpleasant odours. Moreover the equation is perfectly balanced, as the bacteria will only multiply while there is waste to feed off.
Sannitree comes in 15 different niche forms. Besides industrial strength for cleaning sewerage systems, there are products for pit latrines, domestic ones for pet urine, a version you can put in a fish tank to keep it clean and odour-free, formulations for pig farms or for speeding up compost formation. There are Sannitree formulations for the catering industry to keep premises hygienically clean and to keep drains and pipes free of waste build-up. Waste digester formulations are available for both aerobic and anaerobic ponds.
These products have been found to be invaluable to governments struggling with pollution and health problems. The most popular is Bio-Enzyme Granule formulation which reduces odours in septic tank systems and prevents them from clogging up. They also rapidly dissolve waste in pit toilets, controlling odours and extending the life of the pit. A mere 100 grams a month is concentrated enough to treat the septic tank of an average family.
Sannitree formulations are constantly tested against the best products from around the world and have always been proven to be more effective and active.
A remarkable experiment took place in Kenema in the teaming refugee camps of Eastern Sierra Leone recently. While Oxfam UK had for two years implemented a disciplined water and sanitation programme in the camps with the objective of reducing and controlling mortality and morbidity rates, the situation became problematic after a while as they simply ran out of land for the sanitation structures.
When a Sannitree product was used, it had a great impact on flies and odour compared with the chemical treatments they had been using on a weekly basis. Sannitree, they found, only had to be applied monthly - and odour and flies were considerably decreased. Wastes are more efficiently dissolved and the life of the pits extended considerably- this is a fact!
Another promising case history came from the beautiful tourist area of Hout Bay near Cape Town, South Africa. Scarring the landscape were two old septic tanks which were completely blocked up and useless. There appeared to be no way they could be pumped out or emptied. The cost of replacement was exorbitant and was not a consideration.
"We thought of a novel solution," reveals Dick Roberts, a leading Industrial Effluent and Waste Water Consultant. "We used Sannitree Bio Enzyme Granules and high pressure water and within a few weeks the waste had been liquefied and tanks could be commercially pumped out. The results were amazing."
Mike Mayne continues: "Enzymes are the strongest weapons in keeping the environment clean. Many countries are passing stringent legislation and imposing fines for irresponsible discharge of organic wastes into sewage systems and rivers. Waste and wastewater treatment plants, especially biological wastewater treatment processes, play an increasingly critical role in preserving and improving the quality of the environment."
In South Africa strict new legislation is being implemented to ensure that waste from chemical toilets is treated before it is disposed of into sewerage systems. As a result Sannitree is becoming increasingly useful in South Africa.
On an industrial level, many South African rivers are being destroyed through harmful waste flowing into natural river systems. The oxygen demand of waste materials is killing animals and vegetation and many of the apparently pristine mountain streams that meander down Table Mountain and through the vineyard-surrounded country towns in the Western Cape are now polluted.
Natural enzymes help prevent outbreaks of the diseases that can arise from polluted water - cholera, gastro-enteritis, hepatitis and typhoid, to name just a few. Cholera, the scourge of developing countries, is particularly vicious, spreads quickly and can kill within a day. Spread not only by contaminated food but polluted water as well, the disease causes severe diarrhoea, muscular cramps, vomiting and dehydration.
Not surprisingly, Sannitree formulations have been widely received throughout the world by health authorities and those whose operations require meticulous hygiene. The famous V&A Waterfront, in Cape Town, for instance, has used it to clear the sewerage lines from shops and restaurants, experiencing a remarkable improvement in the smell level and a considerable reduction in the fat build-up.
The manager of a hospital in the busy Southern Suburbs area of Cape Town reported: "I would like to tell you how good it is... we now only empty our grease traps three times a week. The traps have about half the amount of build-up. We have been using the product for about five months now and we are completely satisfied. We tried many products before which where very toxic."
Testimonials have come in from all over the world. The Panamanian authorities stated: "Your Bio Enzymes work incredibly well in the septic tanks and pit toilets. We have letters of congratulation from the Air Police Station and Marine Police."
Concludes Mike Mayne: "It is clear that as environmentalism becomes increasingly important more and more governments will take note of this efficient, safe and environmentally sound way of disposing of waste and improving public health. If Sannitree had been more widely used the great cholera epidemics of India and other developing countries could possibly have been avoided. Let's do our planet a good service!"
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