Frequent outbreaks of algal blooms are degrading water in drinking water reservoirs worldwide, making the water unusable.
Algal blooms can sometimes be so massive that they are visible from outer space. Rising temperatures, prolonged water stagnation, extreme weather and increased runoff of nutrients from urban and agricultural lands are all compounding the algae problem. Especially in the summer months, when water temperatures increase, algal concentrations can grow exponentially and form dense surface scums.
In this blog post, Valentini Maliaka, PhD(c), R&D Manager at LG Sonic describes the causes and impact algal blooms have on our drinking water. Furthermore, possible treatment solutions are discussed and a project of American Water is highlighted where sound waves are used to control algal blooms. Read the entire article: Algal blooms in drinking water.