The Science Behind It
Sludge—whether it’s in a lagoon, oxidation ditch, or aerator—is a rich source of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, and all the nutrients at the bottom that make up the “internal nutrient reservoir.” These nutrients are released fastest when waters are warm in the summer. Once the sludge gets a few inches thick anoxic—or anaerobic—activity begins, which releases soluble reactive phosphate, ammonia, and nitrates.
Typically, treatments that move or remove the sludge will stir up and release a large number of these nutrients back into the water, causing elevated effluent levels.
The Diversiform Blend™ in Sludge Rx tablets prevents this by not only consuming the sludge, but also absorbing the nutrients and other volatile solids. Through complex enzyme pathways, the bacteria and biostimulants in this product accelerate the breakdown of sludge into smaller and smaller molecules. This in turn spurs the bacterial growth and uptake of nitrogen, ammonia and phosphate. In the end, Sludge Rx turns thick levels of sludge into microscopic levels of bacterial biomass, water, and carbon dioxide. Every component in the tablets has been chosen for their abilities to consume large amounts of organics and for their hunger for problematic nutrients.
Unlike other bacterial amendments, Sludge Rx represents targeted sludge reduction. The dense tablets sink into the sludge and deliver bacteria and biostimulants directly where they are needed. This allows the operator to focus their treatment in the areas of greatest accumulation. With the tablet delivered directly into the sludge, all the ingredients remain in the area of treatment, making it the most efficient possible sludge reduction approach. This means application can happen as infrequently as once per month.
Sludge Rx can be applied in all weather conditions. The tablets can be broadcasted evenly over the surface of the targeted area by hand or with a spreader.