Why Aerate?

Breathe New Life Into Your Water Body – Literally!

aeration

Looking to restore or preserve a body of water, while maintaining good water quality?

Water bodies need to “breathe” to stay clean and healthy. Maintaining—and increasing—dissolved oxygen is the non-negotiable first requirement for restoring or preserving your lake, reservoir, pond, aquaculture operation or wastewater lagoon. Period.

Oxygen Brings “Good Life”

A healthy aquatic food chain and ecosystem begins with beneficial bacteria and other microorganisms that require oxygen to do the work of processing nutrients and pollutants to keep the water clean and healthy.

No Oxygen = “Water Death”

When oxygen is depleted, these beneficial organisms die and the water becomes septic and “dead.” Other harmful microorganisms—including pathogenic anaerobic bacteria and toxic cyanobacteria (blue green algae)—that can survive without oxygen take over the water body. The result?

  • Decreased aquaculture diversity
  • Toxic gases—including hydrogen sulfide, methane and ammonia—that produce that familiar and unpleasant “swamp gas” odor
  • Phosphorus and nitrogen are released from sediment—feeding even more noxious and prolific bacteria, weed and algae growth.
  • Dying weeds and algae settle to the bottom, creating an ever-growing compost pile of rotting organic waste and an accelerating cycle of decline.

Not a pretty picture for any water body!

FACT: The bottom of an oxygen-starved lake, pond or reservoir is no different than the bottom of a septic tank.

When water bodies reach this stage, no amount of chemicals, harvesting or even dredging can restore the ecosystem. In fact, nothing will restore that water body except increasing the dissolved oxygen through aeration. Even then, aeration may not completely resolve the problem, but there’s no chance of success and sustainability without it.

aeration

Healing Water Bodies from the Bottom Up

As sediment grows, water bodies start running out of oxygen on the bottom. This is where oxygen’s needed most, yet, not surprisingly, it’s the most challenging part of the water body to keep oxygenated.

Aerating water is easy; just about any fountain or bubbler will do. However, oxygenating an entire water body and converting the bottom from septic, oxygen-dead compost to a healthy, living aerobic ecosystem is far more difficult.

Most aeration technologies treat the oxygenation of the bottom as an afterthought. Through our many years of experience restoring water bodies ranging from backyard ponds to multi-thousand acre lakes and reservoirs, we focus on restoring and oxygenating from the “bottom up”.

The Right Technology for Your Water Body

Every device maker claims their aeration equipment is “the best” or the “most efficient.” Fact is, there is no “single best” aeration technology; there’s only the right technology for your situation.

At Aeration Tech, we’re not limited to any one device or approach: Our own development efforts coupled with intensive assessment of technologies from around the globe means we’ve assembled the best and most comprehensive array of aeration technologies available on the market. This broad-based expertise allows us to determine which aeration technology is the best fit for any given scenario.

All our equipment is professional grade, and thoroughly field-tested. We invite you to explore our Technology and Applications sections to learn more about how we can help you solve your water-quality issues.

A cleaner, healthier water body is within reach. Contact us today at info@aerationtech.com for no-obligation guidance in selecting the right aeration technology for your needs.


WHY AERATE? The Facts:

In Oxygen-STARVED Water Bodies…

  • More than 90% of fish-kill events are caused by lack of oxygen (the fish literally suffocate!), not chemical pollution.
  • The same harmful bacteria that populate a septic tank are present in oxygen-deprived lakes, ponds or lagoon bottoms, and are at the root of odor problems in those distressed bodies of water.
  • When oxygen is depleted at the bottom, phosphorus and nitrogen—released from the sediment—feed harmful algal blooms and excess weed growth.
  • Water bodies showing high levels of oxygen above the bottom can still have a “dead bottom” that constantly feeds excess weed and algae growth.

In Oxygen-RICH Water Bodies…

  • Biodiversity increases when water bodies remain aerated from top to bottom.
  • While beneficial aerobic bacteria and benthic diatoms can digest organic sludge or muck at the bottom, they need oxygen to do their work, without which, they die. 6-12” reductions in organic “muck” per season are common in water bodies well aerated to the bottom.
  • A well-oxygenated water body creates a more robust fish food chain resulting in more and bigger fish!
  • Aeration increases a water body’s ability to process and remove phosphorus and nitrogen, boosting the effectiveness of watershed-management efforts.