The state of Florida (US) is investigating the use of LG Sonic technology to reduce the impact of algal blooms in Lake Okeechobee on Florida waterways. Last year, a state of emergency was declared in several counties following severe algal blooms throughout the state.
A sound solution
This year, Commissioner Brian Hamman of Lee County is seeking to prevent algal bloom disasters with LG Sonic’s chemical-free solution that uses ultrasound technology to remove algal blooms. LG Sonic CTO Lisa Brand was invited by the City of Miami to present our algal bloom solution at the Smart Cities event. During the event, challenges and solutions to issues of resilience, climate change, stormwater management, and harmful algal blooms were discussed.
The sound waves developed by LG Sonic target and neutralize algae, preventing them from growing and evolving into blooms. These sound waves are harmless to humans, fish, and other aquatic life. For different algal types, such as cyanobacteria, LG Sonic produces a specific ‘song’ to target the algae and prevent the development of algal resistance to ultrasound.
Using real-time water quality monitoring and satellite data, LG Sonic is able to predict algal blooms. This allows the ultrasound technology to neutralize algae before they become a problem. By compiling data from LG Sonic systems all over the world, LG Sonic has built a database of algae and water quality data that enhances the treatment precision for each algal at the right time.
LG Sonic MPC technology is already being used in more than 22 countries worldwide, including the US, New Zealand, Dubai and UK. The technology has helped American Water successfully control algal blooms and eliminate chemical usage for their drinking water reservoir in New Jersey.
Algal blooms in Lake Okeechobee
For many years, Lake Okeechobee has suffered from severe algal blooms, impacting not only the lake itself, but also waterways throughout the state. Commissioner Brian Hamman is pushing for LG Sonic to be used to handle algal problems in the state of Florida.