Organix Announces Partnership with Biofiltro for Northwest Expansion
BioFiltro, a global company who offers a wastewater treatment technology that uses worms and microbes to rapidly treat water, announced that they have recently completed an agreement with Organix, Inc. of Walla Walla, Washington to act as distributor for their patented water treatment system in the Northwest region.
Matias Sjogren, BioFiltro CEO explains, “New regulations are currently under review in Washington State to address wastewater management that will significantly impact ag-related industries such as food processing plants, dairies and wineries. Our motivation is to implement practical, economically viable, environmentally sustainable water treatment systems that can reduce dependency on Washington’s precious freshwater sources and improve the environment in which our clients operate. Organix has a significant presence in the markets we are pursuing – this is a natural fit for both of our companies.”
Russ Davis, Organix President agrees, and confirms the need for solutions like BioFiltro. “We are very excited about representing the BioFiltro technology. This has become somewhat of an urgent situation. The dairy industry continues to be pressed by more and more regulation; much of this recent pressure revolves around the timing and rate of nutrient application. The BioFiltro is a brilliantly-designed tool for dairies with land constraints. Similar regulations appear to be in store for other ag producers like wineries, fruit and vegetable processors – just about anyone who uses water in their manufacturing process. BioFiltro offers an innovative technology that needs to be considered.”
According to the UN, it has been estimated that at the current rate by 2025 two thirds of the world's population could face water shortages (source: UNFAO). Simultaneously, agriculture accounts for 92% of global freshwater consumption and, due to increasing regulations and resource scarcity, companies are spending more each year on freshwater acquisition.
“BioFiltro's patented BIDA® System enable clients to filter wastewater onsite, converting it into a reusable asset and contaminants into a natural, nutritious and valuable fertilizer – known as worm castings,” Sjogren says. “Thanks to the tireless dedication of microbes and worms, our natural systems function 24/7 yet consume up to 95% less energy than traditional wastewater systems.”
Founded in Santiago Chile S.A., BioFiltro is now an international wastewater filtration company with subsidiaries and clients in the United States, New Zealand, and Chile. The Company currently operates over 140 plants and has filtered billions of gallons of sanitary and industrial organic liquid waste everywhere – including extreme locations like Antarctica and the Atacama Desert. BioFiltro has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Thomson Reuters, and won the Global Clean Tech Open in Silicon Valley in 2011.
Organix has been working with agricultural residuals in the northwest U.S. since 2002. The Company works with dairies to process over 150,000 tons of organic residuals annually. Much of this material is made into OMRI and WSDA organically certified compost and delivered to farms, vineyards, orchards, nurseries and landscape supply yards in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.