Tuesday, February 19, 2008
I received today two work orders, one for the industrial water treatment of a chicken slaughterhouse in Azor, near Tel Aviv, and a odor mitigation study for a new chicken growing operation in a kibutz in the North. The slaughterhouse is a terrible place to see, everything rusting and dirty, chicken heads and members thrown all around, busy rats running along the walls, cats calculating how to catch them, a terrible smell of chicken shit, fear and death. One problem is the salt, because it cannot be evacuated into the municipal network, that is treated and recycled for irrigation. The second problem is the high organic content of the industrial wastewater, which has to be settled and separated. The factory uses enormous quantities of water (the pics show a de-feathering machine, and a vacuum machine to extract the kidneys from the chickens). As always, the client advanced without a professional consultant till he hit a wall. Tomorrow arrives a 10 cubic meter FOG interceptor, and they dont know how to install it. The wanted to do it against the current, what is called zavit haphucha, reverse angle. Tomorrrow I have a second meeting on the site, fortunately it is not far from Benjamin's Tomb City. Then I'll have to write a report why 10 cu m is enough.
The chicken odor problem is manageable. The kibutz is in train of killing its own dream project by linking the new building with the transference of the existing chicken coop near its own residential area to the far end of the kibutz and on the limit with a moshav. The dominant winds will carry the odor to the moshav. The kibbutz is peopled by Ashkenazim, many of them American Jews, while the moshav is Oriental. In Israel, the ethnic conflict is always simmering in the background, and here somebody found he could exploit the chicken issue for political gain and is using the Ministry of Environment to kill (or at least to torture) the profitable chicken vision. Since my success in the Southern turkey odor problem, am I being consulted as an expert in these smelly issues. I have much work, but this month I had no income yet!