The Science Behind It
Over time lagoons accumulate a sludge blanket that causes issues with algae, high TSS, poor BOD removal, bad odors, and ammonia spikes. In colder climates this sludge blanket accumulates even faster due to lower biological activity during the cold months. VitaStim Sludge Reducer is a great biological alternative to dredging. It activates the natural degrading environment, while also adding beneficial bacteria to degrade and digest the sludge buildup on the bottom of the ponds. This is a natural solution that costs significantly less than intrusive and mechanical dredging.
Municipal and industrial wastewater contains all sorts of insoluble BOD and organics that are difficult for the naturally occurring bacteria to degrade. Items like paper, grease, complex starches and proteins that aren’t readily degraded end up forming the sludge layer in a pond. The bacteria in VitaStim Sludge Reducer were selected for their ability to degrade these compounds. To boost its performance we often pair it with OxyPaks XL, which releases large amounts of oxygen to supercharge the bacterial activity. Many also use our BugJuice to help convert those insoluble BODs to forms that the bacteria can degrade even faster.
In addition to degrading sludge, the bacteria cultures unselectively consume organics in the water column. Our customers always see dramatic reductions in BOD, COD, and TSS. And many of the organics being degraded are the same organics that contribute to odors during warm months and turnover. By getting better digestion of these components you are able to take proactive steps now to eliminate odor issues at any time of the year.
A customer went from 24″ of sludge in a 40 acre wastewater lagoon system to just 6″ of sludge in just two years with the combination of VitaStim Sludge Reducer and OxyPaks XL. These products are the best solution for wastewater operations with heavy sludge, percolation ponds, or rock filters. Percolation ponds and rock filters tend to build up with sludge, algae and duckweed. These clog the surface and prevent water from trickling through them. The use of both these products help break up and digest organic matter so the water starts flowing again.
VitaStim Sludge Reducer is used in temperatures between 60 – 78°F. For year round treatment and complete degradation of sludge, use VitaStim Summer Slam and VitaStim Polar in each products’ designated temperature range. For best results use as directed and combine with OxyPaks XL and BugJuice.
VitaStim Sludge Reducer Applications
- Lagoon System
- Pond System
- Municipal WWTP
- Industrial WWTP
VitaStim Sludge Reducer Benefits
- Removes 30%-60% of sludge
- Degrades muck and dead organics
- Lowers ammonia
- Heavily degrades BOD and TSS