Leaving biomass unchecked may be harmful to our water. Biomass, which originates from organic animal or plant materials, can be a real menace.
Biomass overflow due to an imbalance in the natural state of the water body
With the increased demand for the agriculture industry to produce and rotate crops quicker, we are seeing more and more water bodies affected by an increase of runoff into our waterways. Often nutrients that are used in farming to grow our produce seeps into our water which in turn acts as growth enabler of waterborne plants and other fauna. This “supercharging” of natural elements in the water causes an imbalance in the natural state of the water body and can have devastating knock-on effects.
An unsightly appearance and foul odour can impact tourism and make living near the water unpleasant. Worse than that, if not managed properly, biomass can have severe consequences for aquatic ecosystems, reducing oxygen and building toxins in the water. It can also slow down or even stop operations in critical facilities affecting service delivery or production.
Biomass removal at the surface
The WasteShark’s autonomous technology can help, using waypoints to guide the WasteShark in the water to remove biomass efficiently and effectively—with minimal oversight. WasteShark removes biomass at the surface, which helps preserve nature with minimal disruption, while also ensuring that facilities and equipment can continue operating efficiently and safely.
One of the key aspects of the Wasteshark’s capability is its ability to measure water health quality using Eureka water probes and deliver this back in realtime to our customers. By monitoring nitrogen buildup, dissolved oxygen and pH levels amongst others, we are able to offer a clear map of what is present in the waterbody and pinpoint where these problems exist. Equally, the build-up and bloom potential of blue and red toxic algae can be monitored and addressed.