Should I Have My Lake Water Tested?

The testing of your lake water is the first step needed to determine the health of the water. Water that is unbalanced and contains harmful levels of specific things will not support aquatic life and can be dangerous for swimming and other forms of human contact. Aquatic management services provides the testing you need to help plan and carry out the tasks necessary for improving the condition of the lake.

Ph and Hardness of the Water

The basic chemistry of the water in your lake has a great impact on the overall health of the plants, aquatic life, comfort levels, and safety for swimming, fishing or wading. Elemental readings for hardness, chlorine levels, Ph, alkalinity, dissolved oxygen, and phosphates can be taken, monitored and changes made to bring the water to a healthy balance.

Turbity and Clarity

Turbity or the level of particulate matter like mud in the water can directly affect the clarity of your lake water. It’s measured in ntu units and can be improved by additives that help these particles settle to the bottom. Aquatic management services will help determine the cause and help offer the cure.

Water Level and Temperature

The water level of your lake and temperature can determine how healthy the environment is for your fish, frogs, and plants. Lower water levels can lead to higher temperatures and the perfect environment to begin experiencing an algae bloom or outbreak. It’s important to monitor this closely.

Harmful Bacterial Growth

If your lake is used for swimming, canoeing, wading, fishing, or any other human/water contact activity, monitoring and testing for harmful bacterial growth is essential. You don’t want anyone to become ill and hospitalized by an unexpected problem with bacteria. Treatments are available to rid the bacteria and plans developed to eliminate the cause.

Water testing is one of the more important parts of aquatic management services. It gives you the overall picture of health you need to make important improvement decisions.