BioLynceus® –Natural Solutions That Work


Wastewater            Agriculture


 Soil Remediation      Turf              Freshwater

Emerging Trends

Another Observation From a Road Warrior! In the world of water and wastewater, emerging trends are beginning to influence the entire industry. In my travels around the country, I am discovering that issues in Arizona are also occurring in Washington, and issues in...

How to Improve Your Lagoon with Bioaugmentation Kathleen Kelly shares 4 ways to improve your lagoon using bio augmentation. Perfect for industrial or municipal lagoons of any size and flow rate.

Webinar – Plant Startup with Tanner Hartsock Tanner Hartsock M.S. takes us through the process of starting a wastewater plant and considers different options operators have in solving their challenges. What we didn’t expect was to get such a glowing endorsement from a...

Managing Septage and Grease Haulers

Road Warrior’s Series: Managing Haulers My first response when I hear of systems agreeing to take on Grease and/or Septic discharge to their system is to “just say NO!” How these materials affect wastewater systems is dependent...

Where Have All the Snowbirds Gone?

Another Road Warrior Observation F:M Issues In my travels this year, as limited as they have been (yes, I am suffering from severe hotel withdrawal), I have observed a recurring issue hampering the optimum efficiency of wastewater operations. This issue is the lack of...

Nitrification in Cold Weather

One thing that is definite is understanding of when water temperatures get cold your bugs may not be so happy. One thing that has continued to show up year after year for the last 25 years in the environmental business, especially the wastewater industry, is the idea...

Public Education FOG Rick Allen discusses methods for educating the public on fats, oils and grease. This is a short webinar that lasts about 18 minutes.

Biological Nutrient Removal

Biological nutrient removal (BNR) is a process used for nitrogen and phosphorus removal from wastewater before it is discharged. BNR Challenges Conventional biological processes typically do not remove total nitrogen (TN) and total phosphorus (TP) to meet the...

Wastewater System Restart or Initial Start Up?

In the world of wastewater these days there are many challenges that will occur. Some you may have already seen and some may appear in the near future.  One of these many challenges is how to get your plant activated if it is killed off by known or...

Corn Testimonial

Corn Testimonial

Darwin Jeffers of Phillips County, CO used BioLynceus® Lot 125® on his 2010 Conservation Reserve...

read more

Industrial WWTP 2.1 MGD

In need of a recovery plan for their wastewater treatment system, an industrial oil refinery in New Mexico used BioLynceus® to restart their biological treatment after a toxic hit. The refinery was processing 50,000 barrels of crude oil a day.

Toxicity was experienced in the system after foaming fire retardant was unexpectedly released at the refinery. The wastewater discharged to the lagoons following the event was contaminated with chemicals. The compounds in the flame retardant reacted with the dissolved oxygen (DO) in the treatment ponds which drastically decreased the oxygen availability for wastewater microbiology.

Because the DO levels were very low, the oxygen reliant biomass in the system was killed off.

Figure 1. Large oil refinery and adjacent treatment lagoon processing refinery wastewater flows (Retrieved from IPIECA, 2010).1 Operations Best Practice Series, London, UK. 2010.

Without a concentrated and functioning microbial population, the refinery wastewater was not properly processed in the aerated lagoons. Solids and refining residues began to build-up in the system. The lagoons were also covered in a thick oily film that produced unpleasant odors.

The refinery required bioaugmentation to restart biological processing in the aerated lagoons. BioLynceus® ProBiotic Scrubber® II (PBII) was used to augment the system. The product contained a concentrated and intentionally selected community of live wastewater microbiology.

The culture was administered in the first treatment lagoon to (1) increase wastewater processing biomass in the system and (2) improve solids and hydrocarbon removal.

Figure 2. Aerated wastewater lagoon treating oil refinery discharge. The lagoon developed a solids and hydrocarbon film from crude oilbyproducts in the refinery wastewater.

Within a week of treatment with PBII, the biomass regenerated in the system. This helped to reduce odors. Additionally, the oily foam layer on the lagoons was reduced.

The solids and hydrocarbon sludge that accumulated in the system began to degrade a few months after inoculation.

Bioaugmentation with PBII helped reinstate a healthy biomass in the lagoon system after a toxic chemical loading.

1 IPIECA (International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association). Petroleum Refining Water/Wastewater use and management.