Cold Weather Nitrification Problem: As wastewater cools during cold weather, the metabolic rate of nitrifying bacteria slows down. Below 25 degrees Celsius, for every 5 degrees Celsius that the temperature drops in a wastewater environment the nitrification rate is cut in half. This wastewater temperature inhibition to nitrifying bacteria causes depletion of nitrification in numerous wastewater plants every winter. Coupled to this is the potential waste stream toxicity caused by quaternary ammonium compounds, surfactants (anionic and non-ionic), PA0 and other biocides. This cumulative inhibition (cold wastewater plus toxicant) leads to nitrification failure in wastewater plants with significant ammonia nitrogen loading.
Solution to Cold Weather Nitrification Problem: Through the introduction of a micro-carrier with a high cation exchange capacity for ammonia nitrogen, loss of nitrification during cold wastewater periods can be greatly reduced or eliminated. HYDROCARRIER –EN is a mineral based micro-carrier that pulls ammonia nitrogen into its interior to allow for a continuous enriched supply of ammonia nitrogen to the nitrifying bacteria that colonize its surface. The colonization of nitrifying onto the surface of HYDROCARRIER-EN, will allow for a greater density of notifying bacteria within the biomass of a wastewater system with a population of nitrifying bacteria.
HYDROCARRIER-EN can be introduced into a wastewater system prior to the onset of wastewater systems that are known to lose nitrification during cold weather periods or it can be introduced into wastewater systems that are currently experiencing a loss in nitrification. The introduction of HYDROCARRIER-EN into an activated sludge system will greatly increase the nitrification capacity of that wastewater system and assist in addressing both loss of nitrification due to cold wastewater temperatures and to waste stream toxicants.
For more information on how we can help contact Randy Drake at 618-946-9694

Charley J. Davis, Jr. 1956-2015

Dear Friends,
It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the death of our longtime brother, friend and co-founder of our business, Charley Davis, on March 11th 2015. Needless to say, we will all miss him more than words can express. Each of us not only grieves the passing of a tremendous individual but also for the loss his family suffers. He was not just our brother but our good friend and co-worker as well.
Consistent with Charley’s wishes, his family is having a celebration of life reception in Trenton, Kentucky on Sunday, March 15, 2015. In lieu of flowers his family has suggested donations to the Charley John Davis, Jr. Chemistry Scholarship Fund at Austin Peay State University, Charley’s alma mater.

Charley John Davis, Jr. Chemistry Scholarship Fund

Charley J. Davis enjoyed a life long interest in chemistry. He received his first chemistry set at the age of 13 and set up his first lab in his bedroom. As his experiments became more involved, he was “encouraged” by his mother to move lab out of the house to his father’s old workshop. Since then, Charley never went without a home lab where he could explore his ideas for applied chemistry. We have established a scholarship fund to benefit students at Austin Peay State Universiy, Charley’s alma mater, who share Charley’s passion for chemistry and science.
You may make tax deductible donations to the fund either: (i) online via the APSU Office of Advancement’s website at: (donors must include “Charley J. Davis, Jr. Chemistry Scholarship fund” in the designation field), or (ii) by mail to Susan Wilson, Director of Major Gifts, Austin Peay State University, PO Box 4417, Clarksville, TN 37044 (donors must designate “Charley J. Davis, Jr. Chemistry Scholarship Fund” in the memo field of their check).  Hydro Solutions will match all individual donations.

David Davis to attend the 44th Food & Beverage Environmental Conference in Napa, CA, March 23-27, 2014

The annual Food & Beverage Environmental Conference (FBEC) continues to be the premier environmental event for the food industry, bringing together senior environmental managers from food and beverage companies to share their experiences with sustainable practices, environmental compliance and new technologies and approaches.  The conference is open to those employed by a food or beverage processing company, food and beverage industry vendors and consultant partners and supporting trade associations. The conference is organized to foster information exchange and networking.
The 2014 conference will be held at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel and is scheduled for March 23-27, 2014.

Hydro Solutions to attend the American Meat Institute-Worker Safety, Human Resource and the Environment Conference on April 9 & 10th in Kansas Cilty, MO

With nearly half a million people working in the meat and poultry industry, worker safety, health
and human resource issues are vitally important to the success of our
businesses. A growing interest in environmental issues means many industry
professionals may also find that their duties have been expanded to include
worker safety, human resources and the environment.

Meat and poultry industry workplaces continue to pose unique challenges for worker safety, human
resources and environmental professionals. The industry faces an aging workforce
and climbing healthcare costs, as well as difficulty finding and retaining an
adequate number of employees. Meanwhile, government initiatives related to
worker safety and personnel management require companies to stay abreast of
complex, technical, regulatory and legal issues.

Randy Drake presenting at the Pretreatment Seminar on August 14, 2013 in Oshkosh, WI

Randy Drake from Hydro Solutions presenting “The Effects of Chemical Toxicity in Wastewater Systems” at the Central States Water Environment Association Pretreatment Seminar on August 14, 2013