Worldwide, lakes and ponds are plagued with algae, biofilm and invasive species like Zebra Mussels. Ultrasound technology can help you fight back.
Lakes and ponds the world over have become a haven for harmful algae, biofilm and invasive Zebra Mussels that feed off the biofilm. The combination of global warming, excess nutrients such as phosphorous and nitrogen, and transmitters such as birds and airborne particulates all contribute to the spread of harmful algae blooms to more and more bodies of water. If you face this challenge, you are not alone: see this blog post on worldwide algae challenges.
Hazardous to People, Animals and Recreation
Large algae blooms become health hazards for pets and wildlife, with adverse effects on public recreation and private property values. Likewise, Zebra Mussels can pose significant problems for recreational facilities for boaters and swimmers.
Interfering With Local Resources and Utilities
Biofilm can form on slippery coating on underwater surfaces such as pipelines and valves. It becomes a feeding ground for invasive aquatic species such as Zebra Mussels which can clog valves and pipes, causing significant damage and increased power consumption costs to local water utilities.
Requires Local Resources and Fast Action
Lakes falling on public land become the responsibility of the local government which needs to secure public funds to treat algae. If not promptly addressed, the problem of reversing the damage becomes increasingly difficult.
To control and eliminate algae, biofilm and Zebra Mussel infestations, many municipalities, property owners and private citizens turn to algaecides, chlorine bleach and aeration devices. While chemicals can be effective and fast in killing algae, they can have harmful effects on the environment and require frequent applications. The chemicals also need to be handled and stored safely. Aeration systems can be expensive, and while helpful in contributing to water health, they don’t directly kill algae.
You can learn more about the impact of algae by reading our Primer on Algae and Biofilm.
WaterIQ Technologies™ ultrasound technology is a reliable algae control solution that requires very little manual intervention, that is very safe to use, and is proven to be effective in killing algae. Its built-in monitoring uses sensors to test water health and report intelligently and proactively to personnel who can remotely monitor changes and respond. Our Cloud-based software can display numerous lakes and ponds where systems are installed through one screen.