Leaders in Environmental Solutions

EnviroWay

Based in Saskatoon, EnviroWay has been a pioneer in the biotechnology and bioaugmentation fields since 1993.

The subject of wastewater treatment is a complex issue with many diverse options available for keeping water clean. The solution can be as simple, however, as using bacteria and fungi to minimize the effects of wastewater pollution. This process is known as bioaugmentation.

Bioaugmentation is a practice where selected, standardized bacteria and fungi (microbes) are added to an area that has been contaminated with an unwanted, toxic substance. The microbes then break the contaminants down into water and carbon dioxide. EnviroWay has committed years of research and development to find new procedures and processes in bioaugmentation and microbial solutions and applications in the fields of industrial, commercial, and municipal wastewater management.

President Bob Behari spoke about EnviroWay Wastewater and why companies such as his are so important in today’s world. “We see ourselves as a service provider,” Mr. Behari said. “There are different challenges out there [in regards to polluted groundwater] that our company addresses.”

Mr. Behari emigrated from India to Canada in 1977 and worked in the hotel industry for many years. After working in marketing and sales, he felt he had the experience to venture out on his own. Originally starting the company in 1987 out of his home office as SentraChemicals, Mr. Behari changed the name to EnviroWay Manufacturing in 1991. Initially a one-man band, EnviroWay has since expanded and now has 175 employees.

The company initially specialized in household products and Mr. Behari soon came to realize how the chemicals and packaging used for the products could have an impact on the environment. “The environment wasn’t a big deal as it is now,” he shares. “Not as many people knew about those issues then.”

Innovative Products

Mr. Behari soon launched The Soap Exchange to sell household cleaning products with environmentally friendly ingredients, and while working with these products, came to realize how different chemicals could affect groundwater and wastewater in Canada. “We started working on research on how to clean pumps, lagoons, industrial waste, and wastewater,” Mr. Behari explains, and in 1993, EnviroWay Wastewater spun off to address the needs of wastewater treatment.

Today, the company boasts an extensive line of products to meet these needs.

One such product is Envirozyme, a bacterial powder used as a waste digester in lift stations, lagoons, and wastewater treatment plants which transforms the waste into water and carbon dioxide. The powder digests the proteins, carbohydrates, animal and vegetable fats, oils, and cellulose for effective waste removal and odour reduction. Using a product such as Envirozyme is beneficial because the bacteria digestion removes scum from wastewater lagoons and septic truck dumps, avoiding the need to dredge new lagoons or haul the waste away.

Another important product is Millzyme. This microbe powder was specifically developed for wastewater treatment in the pulp and paper industry. The variety of bacterial strains in the product helps remove chemical compounds found in wood (such as lignin and cellulosic solids), resin acids, and sludge.

Pond Clear is another microbial powder specifically used for controlling the growth of algae in ponds, lakes, and fountains. The microbes work by removing the availability of nutrients (such as phosphorus and nitrogen) that algae feed on, while the company’s Sludge Buster is specifically designed to reduce organic matter (such as grass clippings, animal waste, or fallen leaves) and excess nutrient runoff (fertilizers and agricultural waste) to enhance the biological performance in golf course ponds, storm retention ponds, and aquaculture farms.

EnviroWay also manufactures Bio Urinal Screens to eliminate the sources that cause urine odour such as ammonia and uric acid. This product also helps with the flow of water in pipelines because the crystals from uric acid are broken down by the microbes in the screens. Other products include odour eliminators, grease digesters, drain maintainers, and septic tank cleaners.

Simple Yet Smart Technology

Mr. Behari explains that using microbial organisms helps to replace the usual use of harmful chemicals and/or expensive machinery. Microbial organisms can be a more cost-effective means of reducing pollutants and toxins in wastewater. “It’s God’s technology,” he says. “Just about anything in the world has a life cycle and decomposes, and we use that process to create the products we have.”

EnviroWay’s products are now used in golf courses, ponds, lakes, fountains, sewage treatment facilities, hog lagoons, septic tank dumps, lift stations, beverage wastewater plants, grease traps in restaurants, and even for cleaning the water around the presidential estate in Delhi, India.

Mr. Behari cites the continuous research and development employees of EnviroWay have conducted as a key to the company’s ongoing success. “These products take months to develop so we can create new products, and EnviroWay will be at the forefront of this for years to come,” he says. “We want to come up with better solutions and keep our scientists busy.”

Scientists conduct research for the company to cultivate microbes in conjunction with the National Research Council, and EnviroWay, Mr. Behari explains, is one of the few environmental service companies who have a team of scientists in-house. “A lot of companies don’t understand the technology and procedures with bioaugmentation. It’s a pure science, and if you do not understand the complete science, you won’t be able to get the best results when cleaning wastewater.”

The company has achieved some very strong outcomes as a result of its approach. “We are a results-oriented company and we make sure that we are providing proper solutions to our customers,” says Mr. Behari. “We’re a focus-driven organization; we’re not just here to get rich quick. We do our due diligence and continuously build better systems for our customers.”

In addition to the extensive scientific research, Mr. Behari cites the values of integrity and leadership as underpinning the success of EnviroWay. “We have over 90 percent repeat business from our clients,” he explains. “We still have many of the clients we started with 25 years ago and have additional growth each year, and still retain multiple clients.”

Looking Ahead

EnviroWay recently expanded its Saskatoon plant to increase capacity. “The expansion of the plant gives us more space to carry out more of our in-house research and development as well as our quality control and quality assurance operations,” explains Mr. Behari. The company has also expanded into India, working in the wastewater sector. Clients include beverage plants and pharmaceutical companies in the country.

“India will be spending over $20 billion to help with wastewater pollution,” Mr. Behari explains. “The country has 20 percent of the world’s population, but just four percent of the water, so these are issues that need to be addressed.”

Future plans include further expansion into India and other nations as well as developing new products to help companies meet government compliance regulations. “There will be a zero-discharge policy in India, and even here in Canada, the government is becoming stricter on making sure there isn’t so much runoff into the groundwater. Water has been misused for so long, and companies like EnviroWay will help as more people and companies become aware of the situation and want solutions on how to keep water clean; everyone needs clean water and to not take clean water for granted as we have in the past.”

Additional plans include creating more environmentally friendly household and commercial products that are free of chemicals that not only disrupt waterways but may cause harmful skin irritations and allergic reactions. EnviroWay currently provides products such as these for companies in Australia, Norway, the United States, and Canada. “These products will help the company sustain ourselves for success for a long time.”

With the increasing shortage of clean water around the world, Mr. Behari feels that the services that EnviroWay provides are of fundamental importance. “The environment is our future,” he says. “Our children and grandchildren will be affected by what happens in the world now, so this should be the concern for everyone. We must pay attention to the details of what is happening around us, doing what we can to prevent polluted runoff in water and help the environment, support green products and educate ourselves on the best solutions.”

December 17, 2017, 6:12 PM EST

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