Essential Microbes

Microbes are essential to our wastewater treatment systems and are the central reason vegetated cells are so effective. Large populations of microbes live around the roots of plants in a symbiotic relationship.

  • Plants store excess sugars used as food and energy in their roots
  • Plant roots release oxygen

These two elements create an ideal and stable habitat for microbes which are present in numbers orders of magnitude larger than in soils devoid of plant life.

Microbes are the bacteria responsible for the digestion of nitrogen and phosphorus and for the sludge bulking and foaming in biological wastewater treatment processes.