What is the science behind Algae and Biofilm, these seemingly determined, proliferate pond-clogging scourges? Let’s drop down to the surface and below for a closer look.
When it comes to that slippery, slimy, green film that resides atop the world’s ponds, lakes, swimming pools, and other water systems, there’s truly more than meets the eye. Often dismissed as pond scum or trash, algae and biofilm — the villains of this story — are actually very complex organisms that cause havoc for water systems and the humans that rely upon them.
With unfettered access to the waterborne world, this unwelcome green decor conducts a frequent assault on what would otherwise be pristine waters, distorting the landscape and negatively impacting our senses including sight, smell, and even touch. So what is behind these seemingly determined “biology-gone-wild” inhabitants? Let’s drop down to the surface and below for a closer look.
As indicated previously, algae are very much living organisms. They’re defined more formally as “a group of predominantly aquatic, photosynthetic, and nucleus-bearing organisms that lack the true roots, stems, leaves, and specialized multicellular reproductive structures of plants.”
In layman’s terms, algae aren’t just one insidious creature. They’re a host of organisms that may vary based upon location, but share some basics in common.
No less the graceless guest, biofilm in water is much more complex than your average bathtub dirt ring. It is a layer of microorganisms which forms on surfaces that come in contact with water, such as rocks in ponds and lakes, boats and piers in marinas, equipment in water reservoirs and treatment facilities.
These dense colonies of bacteria love to stick together through thick and thin — clogging up pipes, sending water quality plummeting, generating bad tastes and smells, and waving the green flag for more invasive species to come and join the party.
If you’ve ever accidentally set foot on a surface covered in biofilm, you have a keen appreciation for how slippery those little bacteria can be!
Just like its green-hued friends, the algae, biofilm in water can, in excess, cause safety and aesthetic challenges, and can also contribute to maintenance problems as well as growth of invasive species.
Other banes of biofilm in water include:
Ultrasonic technology from WaterIQ Technologies leverages science and sustainability to put an end to out-of-control algae and biofilm growth. This technology is, helping return water ecosystems to their natural state using a sonic alternative to harmful chemicals. . Ultrasound waves disrupt algae cells, causing them to lose buoyancy, sink and die—all without harming other aquatic life. The waves also inhibit biofilm from attaching to surfaces and growing. You do not need to use dangerous chemicals to deal with these problems—WaterIQ Technologies products can help you control algae and biofilm safely, efficiently and in an environmentally friendly way.
Read this quick ultrasound technology overview [Link to ultrasound primer page] so you’ll understand just how ultrasound technology works to control algae and biofilm problems, and what features to look for to treat your application.
Algae and biofilm problems don’t go away by themselves. Let WaterIQ Technologies can help you find the best solution to your water purity challenges. Take a look at our case studies and other information in our Resources section, and feel free to contact us at any time for answers to your questions.