The Challenge: Installing an Environmentally Friendly Solution to Control Algal Blooms
The objective of the project was to reduce algae concentrations . Algae growth in the lakes can cause blockages which is why Bournemouth needed to find a ‘green’ solution to the problem.
The Solution: Installation of Four MPC-Buoy Systems
Sembcorp Bournemouth Water (SBW) has installed four ultrasonic algae control systems, named the MPC-Buoy at Longham Lakes. The system, supplied by Dutch company LG Sonic, is used widely in mainland Europe but is the first to be installed by an English water company.
The Results: A Dramatic Reduction in the Concentration of Algae
The MPC-Buoy was installed to improve the water quality in an environmental friendly way. The drink water company Bournemouth Water has announced in a press release that after the installation of the MPC-Buoy a ‘dramatic reduction’ in the concentration of algae was experienced.
“We’re working closely with the supplier who is able to fine-tune the sound frequencies to deal with specific outbreaks of algae. It’s early days and we haven’t hit the peak time for algae but following the first significant outbreak, we’ve already seen a dramatic reduction which is very encouraging,” said Tim Latcham – Head of Water Supply