Pond Poisons

Cyanobacteria

Sept 19, 2013 – One of Natures Pond Poison’s that can even be found in your drinking water if your not careful water is green blue algae otherwise known as cyanobacteria.

Everyone is always blaming man and its creations on polluting the world’s air and water source. Whether it’s the companies and company byproducts or just simple disregard for the environment man certainly does need to take responsibility for its share of pollution. Having said that nature also has the ability to produce pollutants of its own. Toxic substances such as cyanobacteria – more commonly known as blue green algae may occur in levels that could even impact and contaminate drinking water.

Research into this form of bacteria has been conducted all over North America in lakes, pond and farm watering holes that supply drinking water to both humans and livestock.

The form of algae (cyanobacteria) also produces a number of toxins as well as odor-causing substances. Research has found that the toxins and odor-based substances produced in blue green algae are separate substances and act independently of each other. This means that you cannot always determine if the water is toxic simply by its odor.

These types of natural poisons can cause all sorts of damage to your health such as liver damage if enough of these toxins are consumed. If these algae cells remain intact and are able to escape the pond or water source via well-known methods such as aeration and filtered out of the water through normal treatment processes before drinking then they may not be a health risk to humans. However, if the cell membranes are ruptured, this can cause distribution of the toxins through the drinking water supply.

One of the most common ways that splits up the toxins is the use of chemicals. Chemical treatment of this algae can cause the rupture and distribution of this toxin. Chemicals like copper sulphate are commonly used to control the growth of algae. This water treatment is used around the world in order to treat residential ponds and farm ponds. Both types of ponds are potential sources of drinking water for people everywhere.

There have been reported incidents of human poisoning from these toxins but we would not conclude it warrants you to be alarmed but we do suggest that pond owners be cognizant of this pond problem. Pond aeration is highly recommended as a means to dramatically reducing the chances of this problem ever occurring in your pond.

There are electrical aerations systems and windmill aeration systems available in the market for small to large size ponds and lakes. Koenders Windmills is by far the leading windmill aeration manufacturer in the world selling thousands of windmill aeration systems a year.

Another brand of windmill aeration system that is doing extremely well in the North American market is Superior Windmills.