As the hot summer months approach, so does the battle of water
management. Problems such as algae, unpleasant odours, excessive weed growth, sludge and
poor water quality are a common condition of warm lakes and ponds. Some
methods of water management include: dredging of ponds mechanically; treating
water with chemicals or dyes; or using weed-eating fish. These methods
treat only the symptoms and can be costly, ineffective and damaging to the environment.
During the summer season, warm surface water
traps dense, colder water on the bottom of the lake or pond. This is known as stratification.
Pollutants such as leaves, clippings and fertilizer sink to the
bottom and decay, stripping the water of dissolved oxygen. Anaerobic
bacteria, which requires no oxygen, can thrive in this environment.
These bacteria can cause poisonous gases such as hydrogen sulphide,
ammonia and methane to be released. As these gases rise through the
water, any remaining oxygen is absorbed causing unpleasant odours, rapid algae growth and a very
unpleasant environment for fish.
Brackish, anaerobic algae environment
due to stratification
With the Strata-vator series, algae, unpleasant odors, sludge,
weeds and poor water clarity due to stratification are history, without the
need for chemicals, dyes or labour-intensive dredging. The
Strata-vator takes the colder, denser water from 36 to 40 inches below the surface and forces it into the air
through an elegant fountain display that re-oxygenates and
de-stratifies water layers by moving the cooler water over the top of the existing warmer layer ,breaking down and
eliminating the idle stratification of oxygen-starved water. De-stratification
aides the natural biodegradation of algae for clearer, healthier ponds and