ALGAECIDE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Spartanburg Water, in an ongoing partnership with SCDNR and SCDHEC, is preparing to apply a second round of environmentally friendly products to reduce algae levels in Lake Bowen and Municipal Reservoir #1.
 

1. WHY IS SPARTANBURG WATER APPLYINGALGAECIDE?

With the arrival of warmer weather, Spartanburg Water has observed a rise in algae that could affect the taste and odor of our drinking water if left untreated. Experts consistently rank algaecide applications among the best lines of defense against algae growth. This is a proactive and environmentally friendly approach.
 

2. WHY IS A SECOND APPLICATION NECESSARY?

This application will target specific areas where higher algae counts have been observed.
 

3. WHERE WILL THE ALGAECIDE APPLICATION BE FOCUSED?

The upcoming algaecide application will consist of eight treatment areas on Lake Bowen and Municipal Reservoir #1, totaling 191.6 surface acres.
 

4. WHAT PRODUCTS WILL BE USED?

The products include GreenClean Liquid 5.0 Algaecide and PAK 27 (granular), which are both certified by the EPA as safe treatment for use in drinking water resources. Our partners at SCDNR said they have used these peroxide-based algaecides in previous applications with no side effects – and that they are proven to be even more environmentally safe.
 

5. WHAT MAKES THESE PRODUCTS ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY?

The formulation of these products is based on hydrogen peroxide chemistry. The product actually releases oxygen as it performs its work on algae and produces water as a byproduct.
 

6. IS THIS HARMFUL TO THE ECOSYSTEM?

Hazen and Sawyer, a global engineering firm focused on water-related issues, developed a prescription specific to Lake Bowen and Municipal Reservoir #1 at a dosage that is non-toxic to the ecosystem and to the fish and aquatic plants that live there.
 

7. IS THIS SAFE FOR PEOPLE AND PETS? CAN I SWIM ANDFISH?

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.