It’s Spring in the U.S. and soon the lakes and rivers will be teaming with nature and water lovers. However, if bacteria, algal blooms, and invasive mussels proliferate in water systems, it could thwart people’s plans to enjoy the great outdoors. You may think reserving an algaecide for the summer and fall months is best but using it all year long can help improve plant operations. Learn how Innova Water helps with HAB reduction in our waterways by using EarthTec, an algaecide/bactericide*.

 Environmental and Health Risks

Cyanotoxins, produced by cyanobacteria, create the commonly known blue-green algae that can wreak havoc on waterways. This affects not just the environment but human health. The effects of their interactions become equally toxic on an intracellular (within the algal cell) and extracellular (released into the water treatment plants) level – but you can more easily remove intracellular cyanotoxins by water treatment plants using coagulation and sedimentation. Remember, algae are present in natural bodies of water, such as oceans, lakes, and rivers throughout the year. However, not all algae are bad, but the bad ones (HABs) cause toxic effects and can be influenced by environmental factors, which include:


  • Temperature
  • Light
  • Nutrient levels


These toxins released into surrounding water or air can increase health risks to humans, animals, fish, and the environment. Humans increase their risk from the fish they catch and eat, even if they boil the water or cook the contaminated food. It also infiltrates the air they breathe, the water they swim in and the water they drink. Some negative health effects of HABs include:


  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Permanent short-term memory loss
  • Gastrointestinal illness
  • Liver damage
  • Death


As you can see, the health effects can be serious and life-threatening – especially to children and the elderly. In addition to health risks, HABs damage the environment by reducing oxygen in the water, thus killing fish, or it can block sunlight from reaching organisms deeper in the water.

EarthTec to the Rescue for HAB Reduction and More

Using EarthTec, which is NSF Certified, has many benefits in municipal water treatment plants, pipelines, and intake structures. These benefits are a reduction in TOC and disinfection byproducts, taste and odor caused by algae. It’s scientifically formulated as the most effective and safe use of copper for fast elimination of algae and bacteria.

Because EarthTec is 99.9 percent biologically active, it won’t harm the environment. It’s labeled for use in lakes, reservoirs, ponds, lakes, canals, and other water systems. It can be used in fish-bearing waters and is certified by NSF to NSF/ANSI Standard 60 for use in drinking water.

Some exclusive features of EarthTec are:


  • Uses only 100%, rapid self-dispersing liquid-ionic copper
  • Easy to handle
  • Low pH of 0.3 when used as directed
  • Won’t harm plant life, animals or humans when used as directed
  • Low copper concentration but with high yield performance
  • Does NOT contain chlorine
  • Creates no disinfection byproducts
  • Reduces T.O.C. in water
  • Kills bacteria that cause unpleasant odor and taste compounds
  • Cost-effective

Call ATS Innova for HAB Reduction

When you contact one our highly-qualified and experienced water experts, they will review with you your concerns on HABs and schedule a FREE plant walkthrough. ATS Innova’s mission is to be Stewards of Humanity, Improving LIFE One Drop at a Time. Call us at 855.215.4600 today!


* Nonpublic Health Bacteria

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