Moleaer, a nanobubble technology company, announced that it has launched a project with the City of Lake Elsinore, California, to help reduce algal blooms Lake Eslinore.
Lake Elsinore, with 3,300 acres of surface water and a maximum depth of 40 feet, is a terminal lake located at the end of the San Jacinto watershed. It is the largest natural freshwater lake in Southern California.
With no outflow for the nutrient-rich water, algae blooms have flourished in the lake. Over the years, high levels of toxins from algae have made it unsafe for people and pets to go into the water, resulting in numerous lake closures and caution advisories.
This challenge is not unique to Lake Elsinore. The treatment and prevention of harmful algae blooms (HABs) in lakes, ponds and reservoirs has totaled more than $1 billion in the U.S. since 2010.
The introduction of nanobubbles, which are 2,500 times smaller than a grain of salt, non-buoyant and possess a charged surface, in an algae-filled body of water can help disturb compacted sediment layers and break down organic contaminants on an ongoing basis without the use of harsh chemicals.
“Nanobubble technology is unlike any other surface water treatment previously used in Lake Elsinore because it addresses the root cause of the lake’s problems,” said Nick Dyner, CEO of Moleaer. “Nanobubbles are extremely efficient at transferring oxygen into the water, which decreases the amount of phosphorus released from bottom of the lake and reduces harmful algae blooms. We’re excited to work with the City of Lake Elsinore to improve the quality of this historic and vital lake in Southern California.”
Moleaer will install two custom-built nanobubble generators on a floating barge in the lake. The two Titan Series NB6 generators will treat 2,400 gallons of water per minute, and the innovative barge installation will enable the equipment to reach the greatest depths of the lake without the need for a complex piping system.
he nanobubble installation is a component of the city's comprehensive Lake Management Plan to renew and restore the ecological balance of Lake Elsinore. The Roadmap to a Renewed and Restored Lake Elsinore initiative includes three applications – peroxide-based algaecide, lanthanum-based water treatment and nanobubble technology – working in concert to eliminate HABs in the lake.
“This transformative project is a testament to our dedication to creating progressive and sustainable change for the betterment of the Lake Elsinore community,” said Mayor Steve Manos. “Moleaer’s innovative technology is helping us take a significant step forward in our commitment to revitalize and preserve the natural beauty of Lake Elsinore for generations to come. We look forward to working with them on this endeavor, which we believe ultimately will be a showcase for effectively treating algae-impaired lakes across the U.S.”