Do This to Reduce Fountain Algae in the Summer

  • July 30, 2018

Without proper preventative measures, like installing an aerator, algae can quickly overtake your water. Ponds, lakes and many other bodies of water can easily become contaminated through poor mix and oxygen levels. Aeration and mixing are important because it ensures that water does not become stagnant and prevents algae and other growth from forming.

Install an Aerator

Subsurface aeration for ponds works below the surface of the water to aerate ponds, lagoons, and lakes especially when the body of water is deep. Oxygen levels in lakes, ponds and lagoons are controlled in a positive way by using this type of aeration device. It is important to continually improve the levels of oxygen in water in order to keep the environment healthy. Subsurface aerators are a smart alternative to using chemicals to improve water quality. Cost-effective water management is one of the best ways to control water quality year-round.

Clean Your Equipment

Once you have your fountain or aerator for mixing, make sure you continue to monitor and clean it. Equipment that is installed in the water will get a buildup of calcium and algae on it. Remember to often check on your aerator, wash it down, and inspect it for potential foreign buildup.

Monitor and remove debris from your pond that washed in from storms. Consistently monitor the water levels and look at your water’s clarity and check for insufficient oxygen levels. Watch for visible signs of unhealthy water such as a presence of algae, odor, or sediment build up.

Conserve Electricity and Reduce Evaporation

Obviously, turning off your aerators or fountains will save energy and reduce electrical costs. The question is when and how long should you operate your aerators or fountains? During these hot days of summer, it is best to operate your aerators and fountains from dusk to dawn. This will reduce the evaporation and will lower the temperature of the body of water. This is also the best time to aerate to maintain oxygen levels. Oxygen levels will drop the most during the night or on cloudy days. 

Although the point of having a fountain is to see it and enjoy the aesthetics, if possible, we suggest not operating the fountain from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. This is usually the hottest time of the day.


Contact an Air-O-Lator professional today for summer tips on your fountain or aerator.