Portable toilet and pumper companies were facing increasing resistance and escalating
regulations from operators of wastewater treatment facilities concerning the composition
of chemicals being pumped into the systems from the tanks of the pumping trucks.
Companies using formaldehyde, or formaldehyde-based odor control products were the
main target. Many products being used would create two major problems for the treatment
facilities. The introduction of these toxic products into the treatment system would
cause “biological kills” of the bacteria being used to degrade the solid waste and
control Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) in the facility.
These toxic products in the effluent would also create unacceptable water release
problems for the facilities.
Also attributing to the need to find an alternative product was the fact that most
of the products on the market were hazardous to handle, and in some cases, actually
fatal if ingested, even in very small quantities.
The Portable toilet companies were faced with a two-fold problem. First, they had
to have a safe, effective product to control the odors in the portable units. Second,
they had to find a product that would be readily accepted by the operators of the
wastewater treatment facilities. Most companies had tried natural products that would
be acceptable at the treatment facilities, but found the products to be ineffective
in controlling the odors in the portable units.
At the request of a manager of a Waste Management facility, Organic Products Company
formulated an odor control product Called Bio 10ht.
The initial field tests were conducted with the assistance of Waste Management. The
tests were conducted in southeast Georgia in the month of July. Average daily temperatures
ranged 90 to 96 degree F. The relative humidity was consistently above 90% during
the test period. The product was found to be extremely effective in controlling odors
emitted by the portable units. With a system charge of one ounce of the Bio 10ht,
one heavily used test unit was not pumped for 14 days. No offensive odors were ever
present in the unit. The unit eventually had to be pumped and cleaned because it
had reach volume capacity and near overflowing levels.
This unique and innovative product is the first of its type. The product is not a
masking agent that simply covers up unpleasant odors, particularly hydrogen sulfide
odors. It actually reduces the effluent’s ability to produce the odors.
After several formulation modifications to adhere to specific client needs such as
dye and fragrance additions, marketing of the product in a variety of formulations
was initiated. Within a period of two weeks, Bio 10ht was being sold in 16 states
throughout the U.S. Customer feedback was very positive. Testimonials provided support
and proof of the product’s effectiveness. The product is not only accepted by all
wastewater treatment facilities, but it also provides a residual benefit to the effluent
at the treatment plants by helping to control hydrogen sulfide (H2S) odors and corrosion
along with contributing to a measurable reduction in Total Suspended Solids (TSS)
and Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) at the plant.
Organic Products Company was able to utilize the same technology that had made Bio10
so effective in controlling hydrogen sulfide in industrial and municipal applications
to solve the problems confronting portable toilet companies. It will not harm human,
animal, or marine life when used as directed. Bio 10ht is extremely effective in
controlling offensive odors emitted by portable toilets. Discharge of effluent from
pumping trucks is welcomed by waste collection facilities. Bio 10ht conclusively
solved all the problems associated with the use of toxic chemicals in the treatment
of portable toilets.
Bio 10ht will work in most all holding tank applications including motor homes, boats,