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Keeping Your Water Features Healthy


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If you are in the golf course industry today, you are in the business of water management. There’s inevitably the matter of too much or too little water; water where you don’t want it, but not where you do; and all of the issues that arise from reptiles, plants, birds, fish, algae and fungi that take up residence regardless of whether or not they are welcomed.


To help you address water issues, you’ll find a range of specialized companies, some with an assortment of offerings and others that target the products or services they deliver. With the diversity of golf course designs, climates and budgets, each of the many com- panies fills an important niche and helps make the job of the golf course superintendent easier.


CATTAILS, SLUDGE AND ALGAE


Time, environmental changes, use and misuse, all contribute to water features becoming unpleasant and unattractive. Typically, you are facing a cyclical problem in which debris builds up on the pond floor, creating a dark layer of sludge composed of both organic and inorganic matter.


As sludge accumulates, it contributes to low oxygen levels, algae blooms and the unpleasant smell of decay and sulfur. Without oxygen, anaerobic bacteria thrive and crowd out some beneficial organisms and kill others with the byproducts the anaerobic bac- teria produce. With more living matter dying and feeding the ever- growing layer of pond sludge, the problem escalates and becomes a cycle that can be difficult to escape.


The process is termed eutrophication, which essentially means well-nourished or, in the case of lakes and ponds, over nourished by either or both naturally occurring nutrients or manmade chemi- cal nutrients, which are typically compounds containing nitrogen or phosphorus.


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CLEANING UP WHAT’S MUCKING UP YOUR WATER FEATURES


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Sometimes, the right answer for your troubled aquatic environment is not to clean it up, but rather to clean it out. When you need or want to see your pond or water feature return quickly to its origi- nal (or near original) healthy state, you may choose to remove the sludge and debris that is causing your problems.


The people at US Aqua Vac describe the services they deliver as, “a non-messy, muck, sludge, silt and sediment removal pro- cess.” With offices across the U.S., from Florida to California, a US Aqua Vac team can quickly be on site at your golf course, helping resolve your clogged intake problem or other emergency. As part of their process, US Aqua Vac may use robotic machines, barges or well-trained commercial divers.


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