Fat, oil, and grease (FOG) and sulphur odors are a problem in sewer lines, and wastewater systems everywhere. FOG deposits typically harden into a soap-like substance that contributes to sewer overflows. This in turn can cause environmental and public health problems and lead to fines, costly engineering repairs and extensive system upgrades.

BK100 is a Canadian-made. Environmentally-safe, bio-product (a blended formula) that had been used previously only in large-scale commercial operations on an international basis. During that time the original BK100 formula had been proven to make short work of FOG deposits, other blockages in sewers and septic systems, and nasty waste and wastewater odours.

Today, BK100 is an improved and modernized dehydrated microbial complex which may be readily mixed with water, sludge and/or any kind of wet organic wastes. Its biological density exceeds that of every other common product on the market today.

The product is used widely, including in household drains; septic tanks and drain fields; industrial and city sewage plants; holding tanks in RVs and boats; and to clear lines and grease traps used by commercial establishments such as hotels, restaurants, and hospitals. BK100 liquefies wet organic waste by quickly using the ‘free’ bio-kinetic energy of microbial actions to speed up the bio-degradation process; it even digests antifreeze and a host of other harmful chemicals which may be contained in wastes. (See Chemical list)

Testimonials from the United States to as far away as Australia point to the effectiveness of BK100. Water Efficiency Pty. Ltd of New South Wales, Australia, has used the product with excellent results, to reduce hydrogen sulfide gas and the associated odours and septicity problems. “The process of BK100 inoculation has been shown to achieve excellent results in preventing odour, eliminating existing odors, septicity, and grease accumulation in sewage pumping stations,” reads a testimonial from Water Efficiency Pty Ltd. of New South Wales, Australia. “The procedure is very easily adopted, uncomplicated, and extremely cost-effective.”

The City of Calgary used BK100 in 1991 to clear out clogged pipes (10 miles) and the pumping system of a lift station in a sewer system in which grease had built up heavily over time. The cost of traditional engineered cleaning at that point was very labour intense and very expensive. The grease had accumulated on the walls and formed a thick mat layer in the wet wells. “After ten days the floating grease mats started to break up,” stated Art Pols, lift station supervisor at the time. “We instructed our pump men not to clean the pit during this test. We checked the station approximately two weeks later and the floating grease mat had vanished; all that was left was a white foam about 1-cm thick.” The odor was “reduced to almost nil,” Pols stated. (See Video Clip)

Given its efficiency, BK100 could be more widely used by North American municipalities. Nevertheless, BK100 works very well in those existing systems which may use other products or processes by improving their efficiency and saving on overall maintenance and repair or replacement costs.

Currently, BK100 is being tested in Asia, related to degradation of palm oil effluent, which is higher in oil content than common sewage sludge. What has been discovered so far is that the BK100 solution easily and quickly clears built-up solidified oil from POME wastewater lines. In addition, the company is planning on ways to use BK100 in their POME Bio-Digesters to produce more methane and reduce high BOD levels to less than 100 ppm.

A modified formulation is being tested in the US by Environmental engineers for soil and water BTEX cleanup and crude oil degradation using a specialized process. So far, results of that testing look very promising.

In 1994, the old Brigham City Wastewater Treatment Facility in Utah was converted from an aerobic system to a completely anaerobic system using the original BK100 formulation. Before the changeover, the plant used 14 drying beds which had to be filled and then sat for months storing waste sludge with very slow decomposition and water separation. After conversion and addition of BK100 to the system anaerobic digesters, the drying beds were de-watererd within a few days, and only 3 drying beds were needed after that for the entire operation. The cost savings were huge.