Most bacteria are harmless or beneficial. However, there are several forms of pathogenic bacteria that will cause sickness, disease and possibly even death. Pathogenic bacteria contamination of water bodies is a growing concern throughout the world. Freshwater supplies are under attack from stormwater runoff, leaking septic tanks, untreated or partially treated wastewater and neglect.
We hear about beach closures due to coliform and fecal bacteria. We hear about restaurant food with pathogenic bacteria concerns, which leads to speculation that irrigation water is potentially contaminated. We hear about storms causing overflows in water treatment systems. It is no wonder concerns about bacteria in water are at an all-time high.
Bacteria can infect people if they are swallowed, inhaled, or come in contact with an open wound. Infections from bacteria can affect the ears, eyes, brain, skin, bowel, throat and lungs. Numerous studies have found that the levels of bacteria in the water are much lower than the levels in the sediments on the bottom of the water body. Then as recreational activities such as swimming, water skiing, and boating stir up the organic sediments on the bottom, bacteria levels in the water can actually increase. Of course, major storms and groundwater runoff can also increase bacteria levels very quickly in a water body.
Examples of Clean-Flo’s Bacteria Reduction Success:
Village of Scotia
55 acre Lake Collins in the Village of Scotia in NY had a swimming beach that had been closed due to pathogenic bacteria. Upon installation of the CLEAN-FLO inversion oxygenation system, bacteria levels dropped within a week. The State allowed the Village to reopen the beach after bacteria levels remained low for a set period of time.
Town of Hammonton
The crown jewel swimming beach on 75 acre Hammonton Lake had been shut down due to high bacteria levels. The Town retained CLEAN-FLO to design and install an inversion oxygenation system to reduce the bacteria so they could reopen the beach area. The coliform levels were over 500/100 ml at the time of installation and were down to 185/100 ml in 4 days. View water sampling results [PDF]
Minneapolis Health Department
Tests by Medallion Laboratories of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Health Department showed fecal coliform levels decreased from 310/100 ml to less than 1/100 ml while Streptococci levels decreased from 24/100 ml to less than 1/100 ml after the CLEAN-FLO system was installed in Moore Lake in Minnesota.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Tests by Analytical Laboratories, Inc. of Sioux Falls, South Dakota showed total coliform in a fish pond in Staples, Minnesota declining from 3000/100 ml down to less than 1 /100 ml after the system was installed.
Powai Lake, Mumbai, India
Treatment of 519-acre Powai Lake in Mumbai, India reduced coliform bacteria from 100,000-200,000/100 ml pretreatment level to less than 1,000/100 ml. Treatment of 25-acre Kachrali Lake in Thane, India reduced coliform levels more than 99%.
Algae on the surface before Clean-Flo’s inversion/oxygenation
Oxygen from the surface to the bottom produces a beautiful pond
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