In the aftermath of heavy rains, tornadoes, and storms, we are entering summer rather weathered. Uniquely, this season means you will need to factor in managing flash floods, heat, and dry spells to your summer wastewater management plan.
Flooding, like we’ve seen in the Midwest recently, can cause a lot of damage. Floods and storms often cause debris to collect in streets, rivers, lakes, and ponds. Furthermore, as the days get hotter and the rains recede, your water is more susceptible to becoming stagnant without agitation from rain.
Fight the heat and stormwater with these tips:
Water Management Sustainability Best Practices During Summer Months
- Conserve energy by running your fountains during cool hours. Remember to operate your aerators and fountains from 5 am to 9 am and during the evening hours of 6 pm to 10 pm. This will help reduce the evaporation rate, cool down the water in your pond or lake, and save money and energy on operation costs.
- Clean your equipment. As weather changes, keep an eye on your fountain or aerator. Monitor its performance. Fountains and aerators that are installed in the water will naturally get a buildup of calcium and algae over time. Remember to take your aerator out of the water and give it a proper cleaning. Inspect it for potential foreign buildups like algae or sediment.
- Order replacement parts as needed. Monitoring your equipment will help you get ahead of last-minute orders. Debris, algae, or overuse can wear down your fountain or aerator. Plan ahead and order replacement parts!
- Clean out debris. Monitor and remove debris from your pond that washed in from storms. This is an essential first step in stormwater management.
- Run tests on your water to make sure it has not become contaminated with other chemicals. Consistently monitor the water levels, observe 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. (Seeing a trend, here?)
- Make sure your equipment is not damaged and repair it if need be. Take your fountain out of the water. Look for sediment build up, damage from debris, or general wear and tear. Wash it off. If need be, order your replacement parts today. Not sure what’s wrong? Call an Air-O-Lator expert today. We’ll help you figure it out.
Sustainable Air-O-Lator Solutions
Aerators are a cost-effective solution for managing the quality of your water in all seasons. Choosing the right aerator or fountain will make a difference in the health of your pond.
- The Perfect Summer Fountain: Aesthetically, fountains are beautiful and lush additions to any summer landscape. Our Nu-Wave fountain is the perfect summer fountain. It does not require electricity entering into the water and is built for shallow water.
- Deep Water Solutions: Subsurface aerators work below the surface of the water to aerate ponds, lagoons, and lakes, especially when the body of water is deep. Subsurface aerators are a smart alternative to using chemicals to improve water quality.
- Ready for Anything: Our Font N’ Aire Ready Fountain allows you to convert a centrifugal pump display fountain to a high volume propeller pump aerating fountain or vice versa, without having to purchase two separate fountains. That means it’s ideal for aerating your fountain after a storm and looks good while doing it.
To find the perfect fountain or aerator for you, contact an Air-O-Lator stormwater management expert today.