The two main challenges facing fresh water sources in Australia are algal blooms and brackish water which put increasing strain on the supply on this ever dwindling resource.
A large percentage of fresh ground and surface water in Australia contains concentrations of dissolved salts which in many cases results in the water being of a quality which is too poor to use for drinking, industry and even mining. Whilst desalination is often adopted as the preferred treatment process for brackish water, it is extremely expensive to implement and consumes significant amounts of energy. This results in a substantial increase in the total cost of treatment which directly effects the end user.
Eco-Tabs™ has been shown to be highly effective in the treatment of brackish water and due to its cost efficiency results in significant savings to the utilities and end user. The technology requires no additional expensive machinery and as a result in years of planning and construction and can be readily implemented. Dependant on the Dissolved Solids content of each project, significant results will be evident within 3 months off beginning the treatment and at an initial and ongoing cost of less then 10% of installing and operating desalination plants for fresh water sources. This technology represents a leap forward in Australia in terms of providing large amounts of usable water which is otherwise unutilized or discarded.
Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) blooms are common seasonal phenomena in farm dams, rivers and reservoirs across Australia. They are potentially toxic and can be harmful and even be deadly to both animals and humans. The algal blooms in Australia cost the government, the public and farmers hundreds of millions of Dollars each year in providing adequate responses to the blooms.
The Blue-green algae blooms are caused by excessive nutrient, phosphorous and sediments discharged into the body of water by industry, sewage discharge and nutrient runoff from agricultural land.
Until now an economical, effective and sustainable solution has not been available to prevent and treat these algal blooms on a small or large scale. Through the use of the Eco-Tabs™ technology, we are now able to prevent these algal blooms, and effectively and safely remove them in the event a bloom has already occurred. The Eco-Tabs™ preventative algae treatment protocol removes nutrient and phosphorous from the water and digests organic sediment and oxygenates the water. In doing so, we remove the nutrients required by the Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) to thrive. In the event a bloom has already occurred, toxins may be released by the algae and particularly as they die off, there is an additional risk of toxin release.
The Eco-Tabs™ algal bloom treatment protocol will super-saturate the body of water with dissolved oxygen, and increase beneficial bacterial concentrations in the water and therefore digest the algae before concentrations of harmful bacteria can be released.