Lake officials think oxygen system is super cool

By Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News
The new hypolimnetic aeration system at Lake Casitas seems to be meeting all expectations: levels of manganese, hydrogen sulfide and iron appear to be down in the lake's waters, while the annual blooms of malodorous algae for once have not appeared.
“This year we've not had to treat for algae growth like other years,” said Ron Merckling, water conservation manager for the Casitas Municipal Water District (CMWD). “The system also appears to have lowered the phosphorous content, too, so we're having fewer treatment problems.”
There have been fewer problems with the color, taste or odor of the treated water from the lake — in fact, there haven't been any, according to Merckling. “We've received no calls complaining about the water quality so far,” he said.

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