Medora Corporation

Cyanobacteria & Odor Control In Irrigation Ponds - Case Study

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Courtesy of Medora Corporation

SolarBees continue to provide water quality benefits more than 10 years after deployment.

Topics: cyanobacteria, odor control, effluent storage basins, irrigation, reservoir circulation.

Reservoir Overview:

  • Effluent storage basins used for irrigation.
  • Pond #4: ~36 Surface Acres
  • Pond #5: ~29 Surface Acres.

Pre-Deployment Conditions: This location had a history of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) blooms, surface scum, and odor issues in the ponds and when irrigating. Duckweed and filamentous algae have been known to be issues here (especially Pond #5).

Cyanobacteria & Odor Control In Irrigation Ponds - Case Study

Project Objectives: Control cyanobacteria blooms, improve dissolved oxygen levels throughout the pond water column to prevent odors issues, enhance the organic sludge digestion and improve overall water quality.

Solution: Four (4) SolarBee SB5000 Lake & Reservoir Circulators total; two (2) in Pond #4 and two (2) in Pond #5. (2006 & 2007)

Results: Since deployment, both Pond #4 and Pond #5 have shown consistent and improved water quality. Cyanobacteria blooms have been under control. Odor issues have been resolved within the ponds and while irrigating.

Overall, the owner is very pleased with the results and the performance of the SolarBee circulation equipment over the years.

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