Lake Mirror Surface Water Artificial Circulation Impact Study Using Solar-Powered Technology
LAKELAND, FL (July 22, 2020) | The City of Lakeland Lakes & Stormwater Division will be undertaking a Surface Water Artificial Circulation Impact Study of Lake Mirror that includes the installation of a SolarBee® solar-powered artificial circulation system. The Impact Study will include a robust surface water sampling program throughout a four-month trial period to evaluate the efficacy of the SolarBee® and assess the potential water quality benefits in Lake Mirror.
The SolarBee® artificial circulation system is designed to promote enhanced water column mixing and circulation. The system is used to increase dissolved oxygen content and reduce the abundance of algae and nutrients and it will operate 24-hours per day on solar power. Artificial circulation is a widely used surface water quality restoration technique ideal for smaller sized freshwater lakes and ponds. Use of the SolarBee® and has been identified as a possible method for improving the water quality in Lake Mirror, and potentially other City lakes.
The video below gives a quick overview of how the SolarBee lake circulation system works:
The SolarBee® will be installed at Lake Mirror in August 2020, and the study is expected to conclude in December 2020.
The City of Lakeland was incorporated in January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida. With a current population of over 100,000, Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years. With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor. The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third-largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 110 years ago.
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