Lake Bowen Algaecide FAQ

  1. WHY IS SPARTANBURG WATER APPLYING ALGAECIDE?

Spartanburg Water has observed a rise in algae in Lake Bowen, which is common during the heat of summer. If left untreated, it could affect the taste and odor of our drinking water. This is a proactive and environmentally-friendly approach.
 

  1. WHAT PRODUCTS WILL BE USED?

Hazen and Sawyer, a global engineering firm focused on water-related issues, has developed a prescription specific to Lake Bowen using two hydrogen-peroxide based products, GreenClean Liquid 5.0 Algaecide and Green Clean Pro Granular.
 

  1. WHAT MAKES THESE PRODUCTS ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY?

These products release oxygen as they perform work on algae, producing water as a byproduct. The products have been used successfully in the past without any side effects and have been proven to be non-toxic to fish and other aquatic life. Experts consistently rank algaecide applications among the best lines of defense against algae growth.
 

  1. WHERE WILL THE ALGAECIDE APPLICATION BE FOCUSED?

The algaecide applications will consist of five treatment areas on Lake Bowen, totaling 198.4 surface acres.
 

  1. IS THIS SAFE FOR PEOPLE AND PETS? CAN I SWIM AND FISH?

Yes, and yes. The product is safe—especially when it’s applied by the experts. Water treated with algaecide has no impact on recreational activities.