Solving the blue-green algae problem: Mechanical circulation as a way to win the algae battle

MarketWired - Wed, 09/17/2014 - By Joel Bleth

Harmful blue-green algae blooms (HABs) in lakes have made headlines this summer throughout the country. HABs can disrupt municipal potable water systems, forcing residents to rely on bottled water, and have closed beaches on many recreational lakes. Worse than looking and smelling bad, HABs can also cause nausea, diarrhea, skin and throat irritation and breathing difficulties for people; for their pets, the toxins can cause death.  

What's the Buzz? Two SolarBee Units Installed at West Lake, Osceola, Iowa

Osceola Sentinel-Tribune - Wed, 04/23/2014 - By Amy Hansen Ost

 

Solar Bees are buzzing at West Lake.

On April 9 and 10, two Solar Bee units were installed into the lake.

“They’re trying to concentrate up around the intake (areas) going into the plant,” said Osceola Water Superintendent Brandon Patterson.

Solar Bees, which look like pumps or fountains that disperse water, are solar powered and placed in lakes to provide long distance circulation, which helps control harmful blue green algae blooms, reduces taste and odor issues, improves fish habitats and overall water quality.

 

Can Mixing a CT Tank Increase the Baffle Factor?

Opflow Magazine - Tue, 07/16/2013 - By Joel Bleth

Water and wastewater utilities can account for nearly 40% of a small city's energy use. By more efficiently managing its energy use, a community can significantly affect operational costs and improve its financial sustainability.

Proper mixing increases detention time by adding a vertical plug-flow element to the flow of water through a chlorine contact tank. The increased detention time allows a plant operator to use a higher baffling factor used in contact time (CT) calculations, thus reducing the concentration of chlorine needed to meet CT treatment requirements.

Mix It Up! Solve Water Layering Problems

Opflow Magazine - Mon, 07/15/2013 - By Joel Bleth

Understanding the science behind water stratification in storage tanks can help utility operators and managers determine how to remedy the problem and ensure customers receive the highest-quality water.

Read the entire article as published in July 2013 Opflow Magazine:

Mix It Up! Solve Water Layering Problems.pdf

Light Of The Sun Keeps Lake Varner And City Pond Clean And Healthy

Georgia Energy Challenge Quarterly Newsletter - Wed, 06/26/2013

Lake Varner and City Pond provide drinking water and offer recreational activities to the residents of Covington and Newton County. Lake Varner is an 850-acre drinking water reservoir completed in 1992 that is known as an excellent fishing destination. City Pond encompasses much of City Pond Park, which offers six-lighted baseball fields, an open park and two miles of walking trails.

Waterbody Management Must Be Implemented | Commentary

Capital Hill newspaper - CQ Roll Call - Wed, 05/15/2013 - By Andrew Garfinkel and H. Kenneth Hudnell

Congress must ask the Environmental Protection Agency why, after more than
40 years of increasingly costly watershed management (WSM) technologies and
best-management practices, water quality is continuing to deteriorate. Since
enactment of the Clean Water Act in 1972, controlling point- and nonpoint-source
nutrient and pollutant loading from watersheds into waterbodies has been the
EPA’s sole method of addressing waterbody impairment. The agency failed to

SolarBees make lakes more livable

The Press-Enterprise - Wed, 11/28/2012 - By Dayna Straehley, Staff Writer

Two floating, solar-powered aeration units intended to improve the health of the lakes at Fairmount Park have so far made the water clearer, says the city councilman who represents that downtown Riverside area.

“I’ve been really happy with them,” Councilman Mike Gardner said about the SolarBees, which the city purchased with a $100,000 Custom Energy-Efficiency Technology Grant.

"Thumbs Up" for Michigan: WWTP meets phosphorous discharge numbers

Water and Wastes Digest - Tue, 05/15/2012 - By Grant Thornburg

The “thumb” of Michigan, outlined by Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron, is a peninsula rich in lakes, rivers and streams. Given the ecologically sensitive territory, smaller towns with limited resources can find it challenging to meet state mandated wastewater discharge permit levels. The Population 1,035 village of North Branch, about 30 miles northeast of Flint, faced problems of excessive phosphorous in its four-pond facultative system.

Path to the White House: SolarBee to be recognized as rural success

The Dickinson Press - Sat, 02/11/2012 - By April Baumgarten

A Dickinson company has been named a “rural manufacturing success,” earning it a ticket to Washington D.C. in one week, officials said Friday.

SolarBee Inc. has accepted an invitation from the White House and the U. S. Department of Agriculture to attend the “Recognition of Manufacturing Success in Rural America” event, which will be held Friday, Feb. 17. SolarBee co-founder and president Joel Bleth will be attending the event as a representative.

SolarBee earns St. Helens a state award

The St Helens Chronicle - Fri, 01/27/2012 - By Shari Phiel

ST. HELENS - Last February, the City of St. Helens was looking for a way to reduce costs at its primary treatment lagoon, while ensuring the lagoon was still properly aerated and mixed. The city found its answer in the purchase of two Solar Bees, solar-panel-run sludge mixer. That decision recently won them the state award from the Oregon Leaders Award.

Solar helps city save $108,000 in energy costs

The South County Spotlight - Wed, 01/25/2012 - By Stover E. Harger III

Efforts to cut down on energy costs have paid off nearly one year after the city of St. Helens installed solar-powered mixers in its wastewater lagoons.

SolarBee pumping project may lower mercury levels in Utah reservoir

The Salt Lake Tribune - Mon, 08/15/2011 - By Mark Havnes

Newcastle • Scientists at Newcastle Reservoir are stirring things up to see if a new technique using a solar-powered pump will reduce high mercury levels in the water. If it works, the procedure may be used on other contaminated bodies of water in Utah.

Newcastle is one of 16 bodies of water in Utah that have mercury levels high enough to prompt advisories about eating fish caught in them.

Hydrologists with the U.S. Geological Survey placed the platform pump in July near the dam of the reservoir, which is about 30 miles west of Cedar City.

Still Waters Run You Ragged

Stormwater - Mon, 08/01/2011 - By Janis Keating

Ponds can be a boon and a bane. For retaining or detaining water from a stormwater system, or within a site, they serve their purpose well; in addition, ponds can greatly enhance a site’s aesthetic appeal. On the flip side, however, that standing water can become an eyesore at best, a health hazard at worst. But keeping algae and breeding mosquitoes at bay can be a simpler matter if one takes a tip from nature—by keeping the water moving. Towering falls or raging rapids aren’t required; simple fountains, aerators, or bubblers can often do the trick.

Cypress swamp regains water quality with help from SolarBee circulators

Water and Wastes Digest Case of the Week - Fri, 07/22/2011 - By Patrick J. Schnaidt

Award-winning circulation technology reduces blue-green algae.

Greenfield Lake, an idyllic cypress swamp surrounded by walking paths and bridges, is a popular recreation area in Wilmington, North Carolina. Residents and visitors enjoy picnicking, gardens, an amphitheater, boating and fishing.

But when blue-green algae took over the swamp, the water turned to pea soup and weeds grew thick along the shore. The shallow, 100-acre reservoir is primarily fed by stormwater via several drainage pipes throughout the basin. Boaters preferred to go elsewhere.

Solar Powered Water Circulators to be Installed in Erie Reservoirs

Erie, Colorado Civic Alerts - Tue, 07/12/2011 - By Jon Mays, Water and Wastewater Operations

High Efficiency Units to Improve Raw Water Quality

Starting Tuesday, July 12, 2011, Department of Public Works contractors will install high efficiency solar-powered water circulators in Prince Reservoir and Erie Reservoir. Increased circulation of the water in the reservoirs will improve the quality of the Town’s raw water supply allowing staff to make adjustments in the operations of the Water Treatment Facility with minimal impact to our customers.

Other benefits of the water circulators include:

Gadget aims to breathe life into Baltimore's harbor dead zone

The Baltimore Sun - Fri, 05/27/2011 - By Timothy B. Wheeler

Solar-powered device to be tested for improving water quality

Something new is floating in the Inner Harbor. Not litter this time, but a space age-looking gadget meant to see whether new life can be breathed into the troubled body of water.

SolarBees to curb water discolouration this summer

The Drumheller Mail - Tue, 05/24/2011 - By Kyle Smylie

The Solar Bee circulation equipment has been installed in the town’s four water reservoirs to curb the water discolouration Drumheller residents saw pouring from their taps last fall.

The price tag included installation and delivery of the solar powered devices, and was approved by council in January.

“They’ll initiate some savings in power, chemical and hopefully down the road some time,” said Director of Infrastructure Allan Kendrick. It will reduce chemicals used to treat the water by treating it the natural way by keeping the water circulating.

SolarBees Are In Town - Drumheller, AB Canada

Drumheller Online - Fri, 05/13/2011 - By Grant Daly

SolarBee and H2O Logics have begun to install their water circulation devices in the valleys reservoir. The new devices were purchased by the town to help improve the quality of water entering the towns water plant.

SolarBees are designed to circulate water and control the growth of blue and green algae. The state of the art machines are programed to run at different speeds, adjusting to the time of day or season.

The magnetic motors for the water circulation devices are powered by solar panels, requiring no outside power source, and helping keep costs low.

Picture-Perfect Mixing

Water and Wastes Digest - Fri, 04/22/2011 - By Patrick J. Schnaidt

SolarBee mixers improve water quality for Yuma, AZ residents

Whoever said tanks were just for holding water? In Yuma, Arizona, the city’s three potable water tanks are works of art. Featuring colorful murals of the local landscape, the 50-foot high and 100-foot wide tanks are a drive-by gallery on display to anyone on Interstate 8. What’s more important, of course, is the quality of the water inside the tanks. Thanks to SolarBee mixers, Yuma’s drinking water is now picture-perfect.

Greening a Paradise

Water and Wastes Digest - Mon, 03/14/2011 - By Robert Nobile

There is a little piece of paradise in the foothills of the upper Piedmont area of North Carolina, but most residents just call it Eden. Like many small towns, Eden is prized for its unique attractions—a vintage drive-in movie theater, annual bluegrass concert and rubber duck regatta, to name a few—as well as proximity to big-city conveniences.

City saves a buck by mixing muck

The South County Spotlight - Wed, 02/16/2011 - By Tyler Graf

St. Helens hopes for eventual savings with new solar wastewater mixers

The purchase of nine new solar-powered wastewater mixers in St. Helens, to be used in the primary and secondary wastewater lagoons at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, is the realization of a decade-long energy-saving plan for the city’s facility.

The first seven of the mixers were bought last fall for use in the secondary lagoon, which receives waste from Boise Inc.'s paper mill facility, while two more will be purchased this week to be used in the primary lagoon.

SolarBee Mixers Solve California City's Chlorine Complaints

Water & Wastes Digest - Fri, 12/10/2010 - By Patrick J. Schnaidt

Glendale (Calif.) Water & Power (GWP) operates and maintains a potable water system serving approximately 210,000 people with 380 miles of distribution system piping and 28 storage facilities. The potable storage facilities consist of in-ground reservoirs, aboveground steel tanks and partially buried reservoirs with storage capacities that range from 80,000 gal to 57 million gal. The tallest storage facility is a more-than-50-ft aboveground tank with difficult road access.

Solar-Powered Mixers Save Energy, Reduce Algae

Treatment Plant Operator - Wed, 12/01/2010 - By Ed Wodalski

Solar-powered mixers from SolarBee are designed to solve municipal wastewater quality problems including odor control, discharge permit violations, and high energy costs. The mixers operate continuously, reducing BOD, TSS and ammonia. They also can supply most of the mixing energy required in a treatment pond. Flow rates vary by mixer size, ranging from 1,250 to 10,000 gpm.

Alternative Circulation: Solar-powered circulation system generates operational cost savings

Water & Wastes Digest - Wed, 11/10/2010 - By Stephen N. Zeller, Archis Ambulkar & Douglas Klinger

Wiconisco WWTP buys 3 SBs to replace the operation of 6 grid-powered aerators. Over 20 years, the plant will save $251,205 in operation expenses, eliminate consumption of 2,496,000 kWh electricity, and eliminate 1,072,800 kg CO2 emissions to air, thereby reducing operating expenses and helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and global climate change.

Why Mix? Active, Continuous Mixing Improves Sampling Accuracy, Maintains Potable Water Quality In Storage Tanks

WaterWorld - Mon, 10/11/2010 - By Joel Bleth

There are more than 53,000 municipal water systems in the United States, and many of them rely on water towers and above- and below-ground storage tanks to store treated potable water. While drinking water treated with either chlorine or chloramines will normally remain stable and safe for a few days in storage, municipal water system operators have tended to rely on normal cycling of water in and out of the tank to keep the water mixed in order to limit aging and deterioration of disinfectant chemicals.

3 threats to fishing

Bass Times - Thu, 07/01/2010 - By Robert Montgomery

Public access to fisheries is under assault, but that’s not the only threat to sportfishing. Here’s how you can help

WASHINGTON — Threats to fishing change and evolve over time.

Through the 1980s, anglers mostly worried about and worked to stop pollution. Although occasionally slow moving and ineffective, the federal government proved a valuable ally, providing an arsenal of weapons that included the Clean Water Act and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Oh, how times have changed.

Fredonia implements grant for energy wise odor reduction at sewer lagoons

Southern Utah News - Wed, 06/23/2010 - By Kelly Hilding In the fall of 2009, an energy grant was submitted to the Department of Commerce. The proposed project was the purchase and installation of solar aerators in the sewer lagoons and town reservoir. The new aerators would reduce energy costs, as well as control odors in the lagoons and clarify the waters of the reservoir. The excitement for the town came this spring when the grant was awarded. SolarBee, a leader in energy efficient products, installed the new solar powered aerators. The results have been phenomenal!

Artemis Project Names Top 50 Water Companies

Environmental Protection - Wed, 06/16/2010

The Artemis Project on June 8 revealed the identities of the companies that earned the right to be included in its Top 50 Water Companies for 2010.

The Top 50 (in alphabetical order) are:

The algae scourge

Bass Times - Tue, 06/01/2010 - By Robert Montgomery

More than pesky surface scum, new algae blooms are killing fish, poisoning wildlife and harming humans

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — As pollution degrades our water, it also feeds a toxic outbreak that threatens our fisheries and our future.

“We are approaching a tipping point where we might not be able to get back to what used to be,” said Dr. Ken Hudnell, a neurotoxicologist and adjunct associate research professor at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

Wastewater plant to get solar upgrade

Sun Journal - Wed, 05/26/2010 - By Leslie H. Dixon

NORWAY — An agreement to install solar energy devices at the wastewater treatment plant is expected to be executed as soon as contract details are ironed out with state officials who have awarded Norway an $85,000 grant to buy the units.

“We're talking with them (state officials) about some changes then we'll wrap it up. That should take a few days,” explained Town Manager David Holt of the contract. “Then we'll sign an agreement with the SolarBee company.”

 
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