How do I know if ultrasound is right for my application?
Ultrasound is applicable in many water applications and facilities, from backyard ponds, to irrigation reservoirs, recreation and drinking water lakes, to Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants, utility facilities, cooling towers, boat hulls and more! Contact a SonicSolutions Algae Control sales representative to determine if ultrasound is the proper solution for your
Treating rivers and streams, flowing water, and applications with little retention time is a bit more difficult, but not impossible. Call us to discuss!
Is ultrasound affective on all algae?
Ultrasound is effective on approximately 95% of the blue-green (cyanobacteria) and green algae that has been tested over the last 17 years. There are a handful of algae that ultrasound just is not going to be able to break down. Red and Golden algae have proven resistant to ultrasound thus far.
Ultrasound does not kill duckweed!
How can I tell what kind of algae I have?
The most precise way to know what kind of algae is in the water is to have a limnologist or lab analyze the algae under a microscope. There are hundreds of thousands of different types of algae and cyanobacteria, and millions of subspecies, and many of them look very similar. Only a trained eye can tell you for sure what genus of algae is in the water.
If you have a local water testing company that can perform the algae identification for the genus of algae in the water, we can review the results and discuss with you. If that is not an option, contact SonicSolutions Algae Control for an algae ID kit. Cost is $200 per sample.
How long does it take to get rid of the algae?Algae are affected at different rates of time depending on what kind of algae is in the water. If a blue-green algae is present, you can expect to see the algae starting to subside in under 48 hours. A green algae can take 7-10 days, or even a couple weeks depending on the severity of the bloom at time of installation.
Will ultrasound affect fish or birds, aquatic plants, people or other organisms?
The WaterIQ Technology product line units emit over 2000 frequencies into the water, using an average of 11.2 watts of power. The frequencies used are set to hit the resonant value of delicate and susceptible algae cells, with very little power needed. In order to affect other organisms, or more structured cells, as in a fish, plant or other organisms, the frequencies would have to change, and more power would be required. It is important to know that the WaterIQ Technology produce line units do not generate cavitation.