More than half of Ohio residents get their drinking water from surface water sources. This results in many residential properties having their own ponds for their everyday needs. You would probably not want to take a straw to your pond water as it is now. You would first need special filtration set in place to make the non-potable water into potable water, safe for human consumption.
All of Ohio’s potable water comes from two places: ground water or surface water sources. Surface water sources are anything such as ponds, lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. These bodies of water are not potable without filtration set in place. With so many Ohio residents using ponds for their home water source, it’s no wonder that there are questions about treatment options for the pond itself.
For any body of water, at some point you have seen some type of nuisance growth either below the surface, on the surface, or along the edge of the water. It’s not always pretty to look at, and trying to control the forest of growth after periods of neglect can easily turn into a nightmare for you and your pocket book. Managing your pond is important to have a healthy pond ecosystem. Pond growth is bound to happen since the perfect conditions are in place…sunshine and water! If you treat your pond with chemicals, is it still safe to use this water for your home? The answer is yes!
As long as you have a properly working filtration system, it is capable of removing pond chemicals before it flows from your faucets. When we come out to treat a pond that is used as a water source, we do have to adjust our standard treatment plan. If we were to use our typical dosing of pond dye, it will be so concentrated that even the chlorination in your filtration system may not completely get rid of the dye. Your load of whites could be a beautiful shade of blue! Due this issue, we use little to no dye when treating these ponds.
If you are considering a home water treatment solution you should consult with a water treatment specialist at a certified dealership. Here are a few of our recommendations.
- Have water tested for contaminants
- Remove particles like fine sand and clay with a mechanical filter
- Treat bacteria with chlorination
- Remove odor causing substances with chlorination or activated carbon
- Remove insoluble iron with a mechanical filter, water softener, an oxidizing filter, or a chlorinator followed by a mechanical filter depending on the amounts of iron
- Water softener
- Neutralizing filter
- Use an activated carbon filter to remove organic chemicals, pesticides, and radon
- Use a reverse osmosis unit or distiller to remove heavy metals
If you already have filtration in place, look no further for your pond care needs! Give our office a call for a free quote, and be sure to let us know that you use your pond as a water source. Our treatment season begins April 1st…the sooner you sign up, the better!