Since 1999, LG Sonic has been a leading international manufacturer of environmentally friendly algae control systems. Recently the company developed the MPC-Buoy, an innovative and award winning solar-powered system that combines continuous online water quality monitoring, web-based software, and ultrasonic technology to effectively control harmful algal blooms in large water surfaces, such as lakes and drinking water reservoirs.
In 2014 American Water installed four MPC-Buoys in a drinking water reservoir at the Canoe Brook Water Treatment Plant in Short Hills, New Jersey. Extensive testing conducted showed that the installed buoys had a significant impact on the algae, allowing the treatment plant to reduce chemical consumption by more than 20% and reducing the concentration of compounds that can cause undesirable tastes and odors.
Based on the results of this study, American Water plans to purchase buoys for other reservoirs impacted by algae and is looking at other uses including, clarification basins, waste backwash lagoons and wastewater/reuse applications. In March 2015 American Water and LG Sonic received a Business Achievement Award from Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) for this algae control project.
LG Sonic is the first European company that succeeded to become a certified innovation partner of American Water. “We are really proud to partner with American Water, the largest and most innovative water utility in the USA. Their philosophy and knowledge of the local market matches our growth ambitions,” said Yousef Yousef, General Manager, LG Sonic.
The MPC-Buoy technology is developed in collaboration with several renowned universities and research institutes. More information can be found at www.lgsonic.com.