MUSSELS IN FOUR MILE LAKE CONFIRMED
July 12, 2005
Report - Jim
Russell's exclusive interview with Dr. G. Mackie, Zebra Mussel research
expert at University of Guelph - Oct. 2005
MNR Report - "Stop the Invasion - Harmful Exotic Species"
- "Zebra Mussel
Biofouling Control in Cottage & other Small Volume Water Systems",
by G.L. Mackie, UofGuelph, Barb Crosbie, Aquatic Sciences Inc.
It may be beneficial for property owners protect their home/cottage plumbing systems. Young zebra mussels are microscopic, but can be prevented from entering your plumbing system with appropriate filters over the foot valves or submersible pumps of your water intake systems. These filters are readily available from the distributor or retail outlets listed below. The filters themselves will have to be replaced, the frequency of replacement depending on the clarity and temperature of your lake water, and the type of filter you install. In cases with submersible pumps, you may want a plumber with experience to do the installation for you.
[Read the paper "Jim Russell's exclusive interview with Dr. G. Mackie, Zebra Mussel research expert at University of Guelph - Oct. 2005" for more information about Zebra Mussels and how they may affect plumbing, water, safety, etc."]
In some cases, your water pump horsepower may not be sufficient to draw through the new filter, especially if it becomes covered with algae, silt or mussels. You then have a choice of over-sizing your filter, installing a higher horsepower pump or drilling a well.
Zebra mussels may already be in your plumbing system. They will probably not have been stopped or killed by your ultra violet purifying system, and can cause dirty and foul smelling water when you turn on your taps: they can get into your hot water heater, where they are killed by the hot water. They can also get into your water pump or laundry equipment or dishwasher, causing clogging and/or damage as they grow larger. Prevention at this stage requires purging your entire system with chlorine injected at an in-line source (purification system). This is best left to a plumber who has past experience with this. Some plumbers/water conditioning firms are also listed below. You'll still need an initial stage filter system, however.
It is important that chlorine or any other chemicals NOT be put in the lake itself.
Distributing Z-Eliminator filter units ( approx. $110 complete initial
package for foot valves plus approx. $25 each replacement filter sleeve.) Some
other models available.
Retailers: Millage's Zebra Mussell Filter System ( approx. $195 initial package for foot valves plus approx. $4 each replacement filter. ) Some other models available. Millage's Plumbing, 49 Queen St., Lakefield 705-652-3062 ( Marilyn )
Zebra cleanable zebra mussel filters - Zebra 40 - #7040 (approx. $249
initial package for foot valves, approx. $209 each replacement filter -
every 4-5 years) Many other models available.
We are trying to develop a local source of these products, and plumbers. Jackson Water Conditioning (local - 1-800-721-4921) has some experience with foot valve filters and in-line purifying systems.
[Note: The FML Association does not endorse any manufacturers or products listed in this article. All material is provided for information purposes only.]