Report on Florida Water Conditions and Algae Levels Highlights Need to Conserve and Treat Water Resources
With Florida water resources growing more toxic because of outdated farming practices, inadequate sewage treatment, and more, better solutions need to be implemented to avoid further adverse developments.
Water treatment is one of today’s major environmental issues, with outdated agriculture and business practices polluting precious and scarce supplies of this invaluable resource. Team Gemini and its team members continue to develop working solutions to address the need to treat and recycle wastewater and more.
Water contributes to our ability to maintain healthy communities, prosperous businesses, food supplies, and more—a strong Triple Bottom Line. With variability in water supplies being caused by climate change, and water quality varying by public and private usage practices, technologies and policies play a role in maintaining stability and good quality.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Final 2016 Integrated Water Quality Assessment sheds more light on conditions in the sunshine state:
The report from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection shows a mixed bag for the state’s waters, with many trending toward more-frequent toxic algae blooms, fueled by rising nitrates from farm and residential fertilizers, sewage, pet waste and other human-related sources.
The rise in nitrogen and phosphorus continues to worsen in many Florida waters, DEP’s report found, especially some of the smaller lakes that get less attention than Lake Okeechobee and other larger waterbodies.
Median levels of nitrate in Florida’s groundwater have increased to more than 1 milligram per liter, 5 times the levels prior to the 1970s, causing many to clog up with plants. As late as the 1980s, median nitrate levels in the state’s groundwater were only .05 milligrams per liter.
Farm and residential fertilizers, sewage and population growth have fed those increases.
Florida’s 2016 integrated water assessment identified the following waters too polluted to meet designated uses for drinking supply, shellfish harvest or swimming:
9,642 miles of rivers and streams;
33,655 miles of canals;
1 million acres of lakes;
993,581 acres of estuaries;
589 miles of coastal waters;
With partners like A3-USA, Inc., Professional Energy Services, and others, Team Gemini provides innovative, modular treatment technologies that are among the most efficient on the market, and help resolve issues related to various environmental issues. From Membrane Bioreactors to Ultrafiltration and Reverse Osmosis systems, these components are able to retain suspended matter, bacteria, and viruses (pathogens), and can even remove carbon, phosphorous, nitrogen, certain toxins, and bio-accumulative micro-contaminants. Featuring smaller footprints and lower maintenance requirements than traditional [municipal] wastewater treatment plants, Team Gemini and its team members offer ways to tackle pollution effectively. And with technologies for bio refineries, a comprehensive set of options is available to support new environmental protection measures while at the same time increasing resources for existing communities and industries.
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