California and Georgia chose MPC-Buoy to solve algae problems
Two new MPC-Buoy projects have recently been initiated to improve the water quality in California and Georgia, United States. These MPC-Buoys will monitor and control algal blooms in a recycled water reservoir and a wastewater lagoon.
In Carlsbad, California, MPC-Buoy will monitor and control algal blooms in a storage reservoir used for recycled (or reclaimed) wastewater for the Vallecitos Water District. The recycled water is sold to neighboring water districts and used for irrigation at Legoland, the Carlsbad Flower Fields, and the Aviara Golf Course. Excessive algae growth in the recycled water storage reservoirs can clog irrigation systems and give the water a green color. Algal blooms are becoming a severe problem in California and many other states in the country. The state of California operates the California Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring and Alert Program (CalHABMAP) to monitor algal blooms throughout the state. With MPC-Buoy, the Vallecitos Water District is now able to monitor, predict, and control algal blooms in real-time. This prevents algal blooms before they become a threat to water quality.
In the City of Lake Park, Georgia, MPC-Buoy systems have been installed in the town’s wastewater lagoon. Controlling algal blooms with the MPC-Buoy in wastewater improves the water quality before discharge. In the United States, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program was developed to ensure that wastewater discharges do not endanger recreation and wildlife. The NPDES permit lists, amongst other parameters, maximum allowed values for pH, TSS and BOD for discharge water. The MPC-Buoy allows operators of wastewater lagoons to monitor these parameters in real-time. By controlling algal blooms with MPC-Buoy, pH, TSS and BOD values have been reduced.
The MPC-Buoy is a complete algal bloom solution that combines monitoring and treatment. MPC-Buoys have been installed in drinking water reservoirs, wastewater lagoons, irrigation reservoirs and recreational lakes all over the world. The ultrasound technology developed by LG Sonic is unique amongst other ultrasonic solutions. MPC-Buoy uses interactive ultrasonic programs that are adjusted based on real-time water quality conditions. MPC-Buoy successfully targets specific algae types, such as the toxic Cyanobacteria.