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Micro-Solve encourages bacteria to eat hearty

By Sandra Salem

It sounds almost too good to be true. An innovative product that benefits municipalities, school systems, military installations and private industry without any apparent damage to the environment. But feedback from users confirms that the product manufactured in Clay County ranks superior among its competitors.
Bio-Tech Industries, Inc., headquartered in Orange Park, is the manufacture of Micro-Solve®, a de-emulsifier that softens grease, oil and other contaminates that get trapped in lift station equipment, kitchen grease traps, sewer lines and other equipment exposed to animal fat or petroleum waste.
Tests also reveal that Micro-Solve® is effective in destroying E. coli bacteria, which is ideal for use in pig farm applications.
Micro-Solve® works by accelerating the natural bacteria that eat the hardened grease, which prohibits commercial and industrial equipment from efficiently operation. It works without the use of enzymes or other bacteria to break down sludge. It is 100% biodegradable and non-toxic when used as directed.
Micro-Solve® has been tested extensively by reputable authorities including Dr. Francis Parsons of Florida International University who conducted the original water studies. According to David McGarva President / CEO of Bio-Tech Industries Inc. and inventor of Micro-Solve®, Parsons, who is now deceased, said the solubilizer could someday be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize because of its significance – she called it “a product before it’s time.”
Other tests conducted by Law & Company Consulting and Analytical Chemists concluded the following about Micro-Solve®, “The breakdown of grease and hair clogs in water drain systems should be accelerated by the use of Micro-Solve”.
Larry Gwinn of Law & Company said personally he thinks, Micro-Solve® appears to reduce levels of grease even at temperatures as low as 45 degrees Fahrenheit. This is an amazing feat since bacterial action decreases as the temperature increases.” Gwinn called it outstanding.
In an attempt to obtain downhill water samples on his own McGarva has given away more than $200,000 of Micro-Solve® to various agencies who have later opted to purchase it.
Tom Smith, coordinator of technical trades for the Clay County School Board said his wastewater operator is very happy with Micro-Solve®. It not only keeps the grease in the lift station equipment soft and reduces caking and clumping but it has not harmed the water recycling facility by disturbing its ecosystem. “Unless a salesman can prove another product is better, the Clay County School Beard will continue to use Micro-Solve®, said Smith.
The City of Odum, Georgia has used Micro-Solve for six years in their city sewer systems and lift stations. According to Odum, GA. City Clerk, Karen Howard, they have given other products a try during that period and have gone back to Micro-Solve® each time.
The most glowing referral came from G. W. Brummitt, general supervisor for JEA’s water and sewer construction and maintenance division. Brummitt said that Jacksonville has approximately 3,000 miles of sanitary sewer lines. He also said the city has a major grease problem caused by restaurants and home garbage disposals. He said Micro-Solve® not only eats grease and fat but also eliminates odor. After the initial application handles a blockage, a second application adheres to pipes to slow the continuous accumulation of grease. 
It has reduced costs and labor for the city, said Brummitt, who confirmed Jacksonville still uses Micro-Solve® in its surcharge lines (lines that hold water).
Sandy McGarva, President and CEO of Bio-Tech Distribution, Inc. said that municipalities have been deluged with so many companies making false claims about their products that they are leery of products that actually perform.
After more than 20 years and approximately $500,000 spent on research and development McGarva is formulating a major business plan to launch his product. It is currently being distributed in Illinois, Mississippi, Georgia, and in the Virgin Islands.
International inquiries from such places as Malaysia, Honduras, England and Puerto Rico are received on a regular basis triggered by Bio-Tech’s website.
McGarva who has a chemistry degree from Northwestern University and attended graduate school at UCLA started experimenting with bacteria from his home while still working as an R&D Area Supervisor for Diversey Chemicals of Southgate, CA.
He continued his research at the Central University of Michigan and then at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and seven years ago stumbled upon the formula for success.
McGarva has received several offers in the million dollar range to sell Micro-Solve® but has turned them down to continue developing beneficial uses for it.

The Florida Specifier

Company Perfects Solvent That Stimulates Microbial Action in Wastewater Treatment

Managing Editor

If there’s one thing entrepreneur and company owner Dave McGarva has learned about bacteria and their eating habits, it’s the role that appetite plays in the microbes’ breakdown of wastes.
Any bacteria can be hungry. McGarva’s biological treatment additive Micro-Solve® makes them ravenous. They then become prolific.
McGarva, CEO of Bio-Tech Industries Inc. In Orange Park, FL., spent years seeking the optimum organic solvent mix that would assist facultative bacteria in activated sludge treatment systems. What he developed was a product that solubilizes soluble nutrients in wastewater so that the beneficial microbes would increase their activity and their numbers.
Micro-Solve®, in use now at wastewater treatment plants, institutional facilities, lift stations and sewer lines, is achieving the objective – and then some.
Users report that in the war against line-clogging grease and oils, Micro-Solve® is the major artillery.
“Micro-Solve® is a chemical, a traditional chemical blend”, said McGarva, and it works with the naturally occurring bacteria already in the sewer system. “We accelerate their growth so phenomenally, without the use of vitamins or nutrients, sugars or feces. We solubilize those solids to allow those solids to act as a nutrient. We make these solids palatable.”
The aerobic bacteria are the most aggressive in attacking grease and oils, which helps explain that effect. But McGarva warns that the breakdown is not an overnight thing. It takes place over a period of several days. Micro-Solve® also helps balance a system between aerobic and anaerobic function so it doesn’t become septic and begin producing H.S.
Dave Brannon, operations director for Bono’s Bar-B-Que in Jacksonville, used to have his restaurants’ grease traps pumped out monthly at a cost of about $100 each, a price that eventually rose to more than $250. He switched to Micro-Solve® about 18 months ago and is having monthly trap inspections and product dosages for less than $50 per location.
“Our results are fine. We haven’t had any problems with it, to speak of” Brannon said. “Basically, it has eliminated us having to pump our grease traps out.”
As a precaution, Bio-Tech recommends an annual pump out to remove paper items, straws and other debris that doesn’t degrade in the trap.
School systems, truck stops, federal and state correctional facilities, food processing plants and wastewater utilities round out the list of users. Micro-Solve® is fully registered with the Environmental Protection Agency under the Toxic Substances Control Act. In July, the product earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s stamp of approval and notification that it is acceptable for use in sewage or drain lines of official establishments operating under the federal meat, poultry, shell egg grading and egg products inspection programs.
Micro-Solve® also passed the scrutiny of users who must be careful about their discharges to surface water. McGarva said the most strenuous test was Gainesville, GA, which has tough requirements due to the fact that it discharges effluent to Lake Lanier.
Dr. Francis Parsons, associate research professor at Florida International University, did the original tests on it and found Micro-Solve® to be biodegradable and non-toxic in typical usage concentrations.
“It’s a fantastic solvent,” she said. “It really works on sewage grease. Whether it’s petroleum based or from animal fats, it really works great.”

After Micro-Solve® is added, it increases the release of valuable nutrients to micro-organisms. The bacteria in the system are stimulated, metabolic and reproductive rates rise and the activated sludge process intensifies. That leads to more breakdown of oils and fats.
“I’ll tell you, it’s the best thing I have ever seen for unstopping a lift station,” she added. Before, operators used to dump in kerosene, but it’s not as effective, so the tendency is to put in more. Although kerosene is capable of breaking down the way Micro-Solve® does, too much of it creates a toxic condition.
That is not the case with Micro-Solve®. She performed toxicity tests on such subjects as Daphnia pulex (water fleas) and flathead minnows. The product passed with no trouble.