When the California State Water Resources Control Board (CSWRCB) sought to administer stricter regulatory standards on an industry-leading mushroom processor, a challenge was presented: pay millions for the integration of wastewater treatment systems (which address only part of the problem), assume the consequences of noncompliance, or simply attempt to bide time. Neighboring-residents’ open disdain of various sites’ natural odors only hastened the need for a solution. This is where Aequion was invited to conduct a series of trials between March and September of 2018.
The first stage targeted odor caused by the highly-anaerobic conditions of recycled water used in composting and irrigation as well as the release of methane and other greenhouse gases. Three trials were run and closely monitored on-site using a Model 06 EMOH™ and a 250,000-gallon storage tank. The results proved remarkable.
The second stage addressed denitrification (nitrates, a biproduct of the ammonia-conversion process, are unwelcome by the CSWRCB in irrigation and discharge). By way of a Model 03 EMOH™ unit and specialized microbes, the Aequion team successfully delivered a targeted prescription for the problem – with no composting interference. The data taken speaks for itself.
Mushrooms contributed an estimated $38.13 B in revenue to the to the global economy in 2017 and the industry is projected to experience a CAGR of 7.9% through 2026. The only issue here is supply and compliancy, making modern farm practices essential and advancing the need for superior wastewater solutions.
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