5 Industries That Need Surface or Sub-Surface Aerators and Why

Water bodies that stay stagnant for long periods of time will develop low-oxygen conditions and can become hypoxic or anoxic. These conditions may create a rotten egg smell, and they often have devastating consequences for the aquatic organisms in the water. Fortunately, many industries can combat this issue with water aeration.

If your company falls into one of these five industries, you may be in need of a surface or sub-surface aerator.

1. Wastewater Treatment Plants

Wastewater treatment relies on microbial organisms to break down or degrade the contaminants in the wastewater. Treatment facilities can use chemical treatments in place of a water aeration solution, but water aerators offer a more natural option that works biologically to build up the microbial colonies. This works because the organisms feed on the oxygen that the aerator provides.

Additionally, a surface or sub-surface aerator will both move and mix the wastewater, which will prevent hydrogen sulfide gas from building up. This gas creates an unpleasant smell – the last thing you want to be added to wastewater.

2. Aquaculture Farms

Aquaculture farms must have a system in place to provide oxygen to the water. Without this vital component, the ecosystem of your pond or lake will suffer, and it may even be harmful – similar to a fish tank that doesn’t have an air filter. An aerator will remove this problem from your farm.

In addition, surface and sub-surface aerators will also move and mix the water. This breaks up gas buildup, and it prevents stratification, which is when the water has different temperature levels as the depth increases.

Aeration will also work to improve the water quality of your lake or pond. Water of a higher quality will only benefit the ecosystem on your farm.

3. Horticulture Nurseries

Plants need light, water, and oxygen to survive, and with a surface or sub-surface aerator, your company can give the roots of your plants just what they need and more with oxygenated water. This is true whether your plants are aquatic in nature or you use irrigation water.

Additionally, when you give your plants optimal water to grow, all parts of the plants will benefit. With stronger, healthier plants, you’ll reap the benefits through better yields, and your plants may even grow faster.

4. Wineries and Breweries

The process to make wine and beer leads to a lot of liquid waste. Small wineries and breweries may be able to rely on a municipal wastewater plant to dispose of this waste, but if your facility creates hundreds or thousands of pounds of waste, this isn’t always an option.

Luckily, larger wineries and breweries can use a water aerator in a similar manner to a wastewater treatment plant. The aerator will increase the growth of the microbial organisms in the liquid waste from the wine or beer and partially treat it. Then, once the demand on your treatment plant isn’t as severe, your winery or brewery can deliver it to them to be fully treated.

5. Food Processing Plants

Just like with wineries and breweries, processing food also creates a lot of waste. This food waste generally goes to a lagoon, and like other forms of wastewater, the lagoon will need aeration. Without it, the lagoon at a food processing plant can suffer from stagnation and gas and sludge buildup.

As you can imagine, in such poor conditions the microbial organisms in the wastewater will struggle to break down all the contaminants, especially the larger organic bits. And high wastewater levels can damage equipment and lead to fines and other costs.

Don’t wait for your wastewater pond, lake, or lagoon to get to critical low-oxygen levels. Turn to VaraCorp for water aeration equipment that is suited to all types of industries.