Sub-Surface Waste Management, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Carlsbad-based U.S. Microbics, Inc., recently announced it’s nearing completion of a license agreement in which its proprietary microbial products would be used to enhance wastewater treatment plant operation and industrial sewage treatment throughout Mexico.
The proposed license agreement, for an as-yet undisclosed sum, is with Cyla Engeneria, S.A. De C.V., a partnership headquartered in Mexicali, Baja California. The Mexican firm recently received permits from the Mexican government to provide engineering support to businesses and governmental agencies in Mexico including importation and sale of proprietary microbial blends provided by U.S. Microbics, said company spokesman Bob Brehm.
Businesses and municipalities in Mexico are experiencing population and commercial growth sparked by NAFTA, particularly along the border with the United States, Brehm said. It puts a stress on municipal wastewater treatment plants and industrial wastewater producers, which are already exceeding treatment system capacity and are facing multimillion-dollar investments for new treatment plants, he said.
The Mexicali work is a demonstration project. If the microbe technology works there, then it could be expanded to other border towns, and possibly all across Mexico, Brehm said.
The technology was successfully used at a wastewater treatment plant in Buellton, Calif., Brehm said.