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Sep 18, 2019

Effective Microorganisms Can Help Heal the New River

As the Department of the Environment continues to implement measures and monitor the progress of the New River for over a week, there is information emerging about one measure that can help heal the river. We are talking about Effective Microorganisms technology, and it is not new to Belize. It has been around for about ten years and is being used by a number of companies and industries here.  William Usher is the General Manager of the Belize Agro Enterprise Limited; he says it is being to treat waste water and agriculture effluent at companies like B.S.I. and L and R Limited in the Orange Walk District as well as other companies. 

 

William Usher

William Usher, General Manager, BAEL

“It’s a cocktail of living fermenting beneficial micro organisms that include lactic acid bacteria, different species; photo tropic bacteria, different species and yeast, different species. Basically, a combination of about eighty-two different micro organism species within those three class. In general, in natural water ways and in the environment in general there are good bacteria, what we say, good bacteria and there are a bunch of opportunistic bacteria and fungus, microorganisms within any trench of water body. Bacteria or say, microorganisms basically work in synergy with each other depending on the state of the environment. Some bacteria work well under certain conditions, others don’t. And so, what we, in terms of these microbes, what we are trying to do is to shift the condition that actually occurs with beneficial bacteria and fungus. By doing that, we create an anti-oxidated environment. In other words, we create an environment where oxygen is produced by the microbes as these are fermenting microbes. The end result, as they grow, as they respire, it’s actually oxygen, water and carbon. So by using these within that system where its anoxic , where there is no oxygen, you actually start producing and creating that environment., you start producing naturally , oxygen within the water.”


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