South Alabama Aeration Installation for Cyanobacteria Prevention

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With cyanobacteria becoming more and more wide spread we are taking preventive steps for our clients. Lake aeration is a great way to keep water from becoming stagnant.

Why is Cyanobacteria Bad?

Cyanobacteria grows in stagnate and nutrient-rich waters. Cyanobacteria produce toxins that affect people and pets.  The most common and serious health effects are caused by drinking water containing the toxins or by ingestion during swimming or playing in contaminated water. Not all Cyanobacteria produce toxins but many do. Lakes near heavy agriculture are more vulnerable due to the amount of fertilizers used. South Florida has been the hot spot in the last few years with poor water management, heavy organic loading from agriculture, and development. With few treatment options prevention is the best treatment.

Installation

With days of rain in Georgia is was exciting to be installing a lake aeration system under sunshine and not worrying about getting a truck buried in mud. Today’s installation had two cabinets and twelve total bottom diffused aeration stations. With the heat of a Southern Alabama summer the lake owner wanted to protect his investment from Cyanobacteria and fish kills. He plans to push this fishery to the max with future lime application, fertilization program, and heavy fish stocking.

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Located near Mobile, Alabama the lake had great Southern charm with plenty of live oaks.
This is a sample of what the bottom diffused stations look like. The black membrane has tiny holes in it that produce fine bubbles. The fine bubbles are what break up the layers that form in lakes.
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The bottom diffused stations are easy to install. Vertex are so simple they don’t even require hose clamps or Teflon tape.
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We always bury the lines so the landscapers don’t hit the lines and it also looks more aesthetic.
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The last thing to do is deploy the units. Vertex creates a detailed map for us. The unites are all placed in specific areas based on depth.

After a few thousand meters of tubing the team successfully installed all the units. The lake owner was very pleased knowing his investment is being protected. If you would like to protect your investment give the office a call. Don’t let a family member get sick be the reason you get your lake worked on.