Algae blooms are a problem in many areas where nutrient runoff coupled with sunlight can trigger excessive algae growth. While algae is needed in healthy waters to provide oxygen and food for animals, an algae bloom can cause problems with appearance, odors, and even be toxic to animals.
In this post I am going to concentrate on retention ponds, small decorative lakes, and water features. As these are usually close to housing and offices, algae control is of utmost importance. Most commonly, I see the ponds maintained using aerators, dyes, and copper sulfate. The direct expense and the pressure to reduce chemical applications has many maintenance departments wanting a new approach for algae control.
While many companies say adding bacteria can control algae by itself, I find these cases an exception rather than the rule. What I encourage clients to do is the following:
Erik Rumbaugh has been involved in biological waste treatment for over 20 years. He has worked with industrial and municipal wastewater facilities to ensure optimal performance of their treatment systems. He is a founder of Aster Bio (www.asterbio.com) specializing in biological waste treatment.
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