8-ALIVE REACTS ON ORGANIC MATTER AND AFFECTS B.O.D AND C.O.D
IN DRAIN SYSTEMS
B.O.D. and C.O.D. Definitions
B.O.D.: (Biochemical Oxygen Demand)
A measure of the amount of oxygen required in the biological
processes that break down organic matter in water.
C.O.D.: (Chemical Oxygen Demand)
A measure of the amount of oxygen required to oxidise all
compounds in water, both organic and inorganic.
Drain systems consist
of both organic and inorganic matter.
Organic: grease, oil,
fats, lettuce, corn, food particles.
Inorganic: soda ash,
phosphates, detergent builders.
HOW 8-ALIVE REACTS ON ORGANIC
As 8-ALIVE bacteria enter a drain system, the bacteria seek
out and feed on "easy to digest" organic waste materials
such as sugar and starch. As they eat these organics, they multiply
and produce enzymes to digest the "tougher to digest"
organic materials such as grease, fats, protein and oil.
HOW 8-ALIVE AFFECTS B.O.D.
If the organic waste materials were simply allowed to break
down without the assistance of 8-ALIVE, a substantial
amount of oxygen would be required. The measure
of this oxygen amount is B.O.D. Because 8-ALIVE reduces
the amount of organic waste, the amount of oxygen required to
break down the remaining organic matter is reduced. Result:
8-ALIVE reduces the B.O.D. level.
HOW 8-ALIVE AFFECTS C.O.D.
In addition to organic compounds, waste water contains inorganic
compounds such as soda ash, phosphates and detergent builders.
Although 8-ALIVE is not effective in breaking down inorganic
compounds, the C.O.D. test itself measures the attack on both
organic and inorganic soils. Result: Since
there is a reduction in the organic portion of the waste, there
is a corresponding reduction in the total C.O.D.
HOW 8-ALIVE'S AFFECT ON B.O.D
AND C.O.D. LEVELS AFFECT WASTE TREATMENT PLANTS
Because 8-ALIVE enables waste to arrive at the waste treatment
plant with reduced levels of organic and inorganic compounds (lower
B.O.D. and C.O.D. levels), less oxygen is required to "break
down" the remaining waste.
Because less oxygen is required, less
treatment is required. Less time and money are required.
1. Because less treatment is required at the waste
treatment plant, waste can be processed more efficiently and more
2. Because the B.O.D. and C.O.D. levels are lowered,
the customer is allowed to operate without having to pay expensive