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Don’t let your smelly grey water give you the blues!

With the growing need to make water savings a way of life, Mike Mayne receives numerous calls from people who are taking the next big step to conserve this most precious natural resource.

“They are not only using as little water as possible, but they are using the same water twice by storing their grey water in tanks and using it to maintain their gardens,” explains the founder of waste and odour treatment specialists Sannitree, which markets environmentally friendly, biodegradable bio-enzyme products in South Africa and exports to 30 countries.

“Our country and many other parts of the world are going to get hotter and drier, and water shortages are here to stay,” he says. “Water conservation just has to become a way of life.”

The problem in storing grey water – mainly from kitchens, washing machines and baths and showers – is strong, sulphurous odours that develop in catchment tanks.

“Greywater contains organic material ranging from fats to human sweat,” explains Mayne. “Normally, the grey water is released from tanks by a submersible pump and this leaves a residue under the pump. The organic material in this residue begins to decompose, resulting in a sulphurous malodour. The odour can also permeate the garden when the grey water is sprayed on it.”

Finding environmentally friendly solutions to problems like this is something of a way of life for Sannitree. A recent example is the development of Turf Pong in response to calls from people desperate to remove the pungent odour of pets’ urine on artificial grass which is increasingly being used to maintain a neat green cover over gardens and other spaces parched by drought and severe water restrictions.

The Tank Pong solution

Responding to increasing use of grey water, Sannitree has now developed Tank Pong.

Tank Pong consists of enzymes that break down organic material, and long-acting, odour-eating bacteria that continue to replicate until the food supply from the materials is finally exhausted. “The smell and its source are eliminated completely,” says Mayne. The amount of Tank Pong that will be required depends on the capacity of the catchment tank and the volume of effluent flowing through the unit. Sannitree recommends that 100 ml is poured into a tank per 100 litres. The dosage can be increased or decreased until the odour disappears. Tank Pong available only from retailers

Tank Pong is now being introduced to retailers country-wide, and the export market is also beckoning.

Tank Pong is backed by Sannitree’s country-wide representatives who are ready to assist retailers to develop a thorough understanding of the product and its application and to give their customers the best advice.

To find out more about Tank Pong, call us now on 021 701 1266 or email info@www.sannitree.co.za

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Sannitree Banishes Pet Urine Odours from Artificial Grass

When Mike Mayne received a call from a man desperate to find a way to remove pungent dog urine odours from the artificial grass in his garden, he decided to take up the challenge.

As founder of Sannitree, a major supplier of environmentally friendly, biodegradable bio-enzyme products which it markets in South Africa and exports to 30 countries, Mayne certainly knew a lot about treating waste and odours but he knew next to nothing about artificial grass. Diving into Google, he quickly learned that artificial grass is extensively used worldwide. He concluded that its popularity in South Africa was likely to grow particularly as a way to maintain a neat green cover over gardens and other spaces parched by drought and severe water restrictions. “Our country and many other parts of the world are going to get hotter and drier, and water shortages are here to stay,” he says. “Water conservation just has to become a way of life.”

He also learned that his desperate caller was not alone in his anguish over dog urine odours on artificial grass. This is a common complaint the world over, research on Google revealed.

So, Mayne and his team got down to some serious work in Sannitree’s Cape Town head office. They enlisted a specialist researcher who produced a voluminous study containing just about everything on artificial grass. They learned that dog urine does not leave pungent odours in natural lawn because the roots of grass absorb urine together with other moisture, and process this through photosynthesis. Artificial grass isn’t that clever. The best advice available to consumers at the time was to hose down the artificial grass with water, but this turned out to be the worst solution. “The pungent smell of stale urine is caused by ammonia evolving from the gradual decomposition of urea when mixed with water,” explains Mayne. “If the water has any hardeners present it forms limestone encrustations which can block drainage holes in the grass backing. Washing down the grass with water will only aggravate the problem.”

Using disinfectants, chemicals or cleaning fluid won’t help either, adds Mayne. “They will only mask the odour, which will return as soon as the weather becomes humid. “

Another challenge was the difficulty in detecting the spot or spots where a dog has urinated on the artificial grass. This meant that whatever product was developed to eliminate odours would need to be applied to the entire area under artificial grass, making the solution expensive for consumers.

The Turf Pong solution

To meet these challenges, Sannitree came up with the most innovative solutions. Using one of its existing bio-enzyme formulations, Sannitree developed Turf Pong, a powerful combination of ammonia-eliminating enzymes and odour-eating bacteria.

“The enzymes break down ammonia and ammonia crystals,” explains Mayne. “Long-acting, odour-eating bacteria continue to replicate until the food supply from the ammonia is finally exhausted. The smell and its source are eliminated completely.”

Some lateral “boer-maak-‘n-plan”-type thinking then obviated the need to detect where urine has been deposited. The solution was to select a single spot where the dog is encouraged to urinate. Plant in the spot a small post against which the dog can lift its leg, and spray around the post a pheromone attractive to dogs and which acts as a behavior-altering agent. Spray Turf Pong once a week or so in the dedicated area.

Turf Pong also goes a long way. The one litre bottle of Turf Pong with its trigger spray remains effective for two years from date of opening.

While the pooch becomes accustomed to using the dedicated spot, spray Sannitree Pet Repellant on the rest of the artificial grass as a temporary measure to discourage the pet from urinating beyond the designated area.

“The result,” says Mayne, “is clean grass, a happy homeowner and a pooch who’s not in the dog box.”

Turf Pong available only from retailers

Turf Pong is now being introduced to retailers country-wide, and the export market is also beckoning.

Mayne says Sannitree has taken a fundamental decision to not market Turf Pong on-line, giving hardware stores, nurseries, pet shops and general dealers exclusive access to consumers.

Turf Pong is backed by Sannitree’s country-wide representatives who are ready to assist retailers to develop a thorough understanding of the product and its application, and to give their customers the best advice.

To find out more about Turf Pong Artificial Grass Pet Urine Remover, call us now on 021 701 1266 or email info@www.sannitree.co.za