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Ultrasonic technology to be used to zap blue-green algae at Alton Water

PUBLISHED: 12:26 24 July 2018

The aqua park at Alton Water is going to be 'zapped' with ultrasonic equipment to kill the potentially toxic blue-green algae infestation Picture: AQUA PARKS GROUP

The aqua park at Alton Water is going to be 'zapped' with ultrasonic equipment to kill the potentially toxic blue-green algae infestation Picture: AQUA PARKS GROUP

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The exploratory test is to combat the dramatic increase of algae in the sizzling weather and get Aqua Park Suffolk open again.

A sign warning about the blue-green algae at Alton Water Picture: TERRY HUNTA sign warning about the blue-green algae at Alton Water Picture: TERRY HUNT

Brand-new ultrasonic technology is being used to kill the blue-green algae infestation of Alton Water.

The company and new attraction Aqua Park Suffolk announced that the slime, potentially dangerous to humans and pets, had grown rapidly in the extraordinary heat and was not safe to enter.

Staff are now gearing up with exploratory ultrasonic machinery to take on the blight, with experiments taking place today to rid the water of algae.

An Anglian water spokesman said: “Blue-green algae need sunlight in order to survive.

Both Aqua Park Suffolk and Anglian Water are doing everything they can to let people back in the water at Alton Water, Ipswich Picture: AQUA PARKS GROUPBoth Aqua Park Suffolk and Anglian Water are doing everything they can to let people back in the water at Alton Water, Ipswich Picture: AQUA PARKS GROUP

“One of the things that makes them so successful is their ability to float to the surface, where they can capture lots of sunlight.

“The ultrasonic technology works by zapping the algae and damaging their ability to float, meaning that they sink to the bottom of the water away from the sunlight and die.

“Aqua Park has been very proactive and invested in the exploratory technology to see if it can reduce algae levels and mean the Aqua Park can reopen sooner.”

Aqua Park Suffolk have offered refunds and gift vouchers to those affected by the closure of the park.

Scientists have been testing the water twice daily to monitor any changes to the algae in a bit to get visitors and children now on summer holiday back into the water.

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The intense heat has contributed to the rapid proliferation of the algae, but a rain shower or thunderstorm could slow down the growth and make it more manageable for site staff.

The potential forecast of another month of sunshine has encouraged Anglian Water to consider this ultrasonic approach.

The water supplier has stressed that all the other services and tourist spots are open around Alton Water, including the on-land adventure activities and tea room.

The spokesman added: “We know people enjoy the parks and we want to get people back in the water as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Blue-green algae cannot be seen with the naked eye unless they clump together.

When this happens, blue-green algae can look like green flakes, greenish bundles.

They often gather along the edges of ponds or lakes, and as they thrive in this sunlight they could be lethal to dogs, so steer clear of any suspicious water.

Anglian Water have said the algae has no impact on drinking water.

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