Lake Bowen Algaecide FAQ
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- WHERE WILL THE ALGAECIDE APPLICATION BE FOCUSED?
The algaecide applications will consist of five treatment areas on Lake Bowen, totaling 198.4 surface acres.
- 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.