Advanced biotechnology solutions for oil spill cleanup sector - Water and Wastewater - Oil Spills
Application Method: Micronomix MicroMix Aqua can be applied with any commercially available spray apparatus, such as small hand held tanks, back packs, large mixing tanks with mechanical pumping devices, vessels with booms for spraying wide paths, or liquid spray devices on crop duster airplanes or helicopters. Micronomix Micromix Aqua can also be applied by eductor systems from vessels, fire trucks, or any other outfitted vehicle.
Micronomix MicroMix Aqua generally takes 5 to 50 minutes to penetrate the molecular walls of hydrocarbons. Warmer conditions favor faster biological action whereas colder conditions may reduce the speed of decomposition. Once Micronomix MicroMix Aqua is applied to the targeted area, the microbes will attach themselves to the hydrocarbons and start to attack their carbon structure and metabolize it into natural organic substances from the humus family. Aquatic plants and animal life will feed on this nutrient.
Within hours odor will be negligent and changes will be noticeable in seven days, depending on the temperature. Once Micronomix MicroMix Aqua has been applied to the oil, no matter if the oil disperses, sinks or fragments, it will not be able to evade decomposition until every last drop of oil has been totally broken down. Micronomix MicroMix Aqua will also break down the adhesive properties of the hydrocarbons, preventing the oils from attaching to animals, vegetation, rocks and earth.
Micronomix MicroMix Aqua Dilution rates for Application:
Micronomix MicroMix Aqua should always be mixed with the native water of the affected area. This means that if you are treating an effected saltwater area, then saltwater should be used as your base carrier for the Micronomix MicroMix Aqua. Likewise if you are treating a lake or river, then that carrier water should be the fresh water from that source.
For general applications and light oil films, dilute each gallon of Micronomix MicroMix Aqua with source water (fresh, brackish, or salt water) at a ratio of 1:50.
For oil mousse like formations in intertidal zones use a dilution ratio of 1:30
If the spill is very heavy and the oil layer is thick (more than 1 inch) it is recommended that Micronomix MicroMix Aqua be applied at a lower ratio of 1:20.
On land surface not involving water bodies, it is recommended that an US EPA approved organic absorbent like saw dust or rice husk be applied prior to using Micronomix MicroMix Aqua to treat oil spills to remediate the CI to C35 Petroleum 1 lydrocarbons. This is to increase the contact surface area for Micronomix MicroMix Aqua to convert spilled oil and absorbent to organic humus.
Application Rate for Spills on Coastal Water:
Apply the mixed solution using hand held sprayers, tank sprayers, booms from vessels, helicopters, or airplanes.
First, start by spraying the outer perimeter of the spill and systematically work towards the middle of the affected area, making sure to cover the entire surface area of the spill.
- Use 1.5 gallon of Micronomix MicroMix Aqua concentrate for every 1000 gallons of hydrocarbons spilled. Dilute it with 30 gallons of seawater per gallon of concentrate for spraying or;
- 2 Kg / 4.4 lbs Micronomix MicroMix Aqua is required per metric ton of oil spilled. Dilution varies depending on oil thickness or simple sheen floating on water surface.
Application for Intertidal Zones:
Micronomix MicroMix Aqua should be applied at low tide, when the affected areas are exposed to the elements, allowing the product to securely attach to the hydrocarbons. Cease application if the tide rises and resume once the water level has receded again. Continue application cycle until the entire affected area has been coated. Even if new contamination occurs in the same area, the microbes will already be in place to begin decomposition. The recommended mix ratio is 1:30.
In areas where a combination of high tide and waves have pushed the contamination beyond the intertidal zone, oil rag layer looking like chocolate mousse- cordon off the area and start by spraying Micronomix MicroMix Aqua diluted at a ratio of 1:20 in water. The objective is to get an application rate of between 1 to 2 gallons of concentrated MicroMix sprayed per 1000 gallons of hydrocarbons spilled.
Note: If the intertidal zone is associated with the sea then mix Micronomix MicroMix Aqua with salt water. If the spill area is in an area of brackish water, then mix it with brackish water. If the intertidal zone is associated with fresh water such as lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, creeks, aquifers, or drinking water wells then use fresh water to mix Micronomix MicroMix Aqua.