Parklink Limited

Innovative water management cleans up

  • Parklink

    From dirty smelly pond...
  • Parklink2 crystal clear.

For Paul Senior, bacteria and smelly dirty water are essential to his business. His firm, Parklink Ltd specialises in cleaning and controlling algae, sediment and nutrients in two main areas: dirty water, predominantly dairy and pastoral farming, and industry such as meat works; and clean water in lakes or ponds, both public and private.

Established just 12 months ago, water and effluent management is keeping Paul busy. He has commercial, industrial and farming clients from Dannevirke to Wairoa and Local Authority clients in that area plus further afield.

“I have worked with this technology for 15 years but previously the market was not ready for the concept as a standalone service. With environmental regulations becoming tighter there is now a need for conscientious resource management. Demand is increasing so I will need to consider staff for the long-term,” says Paul.

Being able to control sediment and nutrient levels in stock water dams is key to preventing toxicity from algae blooms and disease such as liver fluke.

When it comes to dairy effluent ponds and keeping things liquefied, Paul says “My systems are more cost effective compared to traditional methods of stirring or effluent removal services. If farmers analysed the time, effort and cost required with these traditional methods of handling their effluent, they would be shocked at how much it adds up to.”

The Parklink system makes dairy effluent consistently ‘pumpable’. Blocked nozzles when irrigating are not an issue. Another advantage for farmers of the Parklink system is the increased amount of nutrient available to the foliage and soil biomass. The process unlocks the organic nitrogen in the sediments making it immediately available to the pasture.

Parklink has a factory in Hastings with five bioreactors growing pure strain cultures for all various liquid cleaning situations. Contract transport companies deliver the live cultures to clients, although long-term Paul plans to purchase his own delivery truck.

Essentially bacteria are preconditioned at the factory to create various strengths of enzymatic material. Once this highly active material is introduced to a pond or dam, the bacteria that are already there and the extra bacteria introduced are able to go on a “feeding frenzy” and reduce sediment by the tonne extremely cost effectively.

“Given the right conditions bacteria never go to sleep or require smoko breaks. They just keep on feeding,” says Paul.

“This is an environmentally friendly method of water management, actively used in the United States for 15 years. The bacteria are earth-derived species, not genetically modified, and sourced from pure strain American bacteria banks.”

While Paul knows Bio remediation technology inside out, he is less confident with business finances. “Running a business is new to me so I need hands-on support. My bank recommended Hamish Pringle at Markhams. I need reliable advice to grow the business, particularly in farm and Council services. I can see there is a huge opportunity that I want to work on as nationwide there are many filthy Council duck ponds, which can be crystal clear, safer, environmentally and user friendly. This is better for wildlife and aesthetics. No one likes dirty smelly water, except me,” says Paul.

Published Winter 2011.

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