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About Clean Water Pro

Clean Water Pro sells, installs, and maintains fine bubble aeration systems designed to pump dissolved oxygen into stagnating water. Other services include bacterial treatments, pond dyes, and vegetative management solutions (in the water and on the shore). Clean Water Pro also provides a valuable diagnostic service for assessing the precise stage of your dugout, pond or lake. Clean Water Pro will professionally assess your declining water body by taking a comprehensive approach to the physical, environmental and chemical composition of your waterbody, including the surrounding area. This includes a professional presentation of your assessment to your municipal board or lakeshore community committee.

Do you know the stage of your waterbody?

Stage 1

Lakes/ponds with excellent water clarity – highly transparent water, often naturally blue or aqua in colour, low suspended solids and low levels of algae present. Healthy population of aquatic species. Visually appealing.

Stage 2

Lakes/ponds are commonly clear but can be murky for short periods of time. Smaller bodies of water and pond will form beds of submerged aquatic plants. Low levels of muck and aquatic growth on the pond/lake floor. Emerging healthy population of aquatic species and good biodiversity.

Stage 3

Lakes/ponds have excessive nutrients especially nitrogen, ammonia and phosphorous. Established beds of submerged aquatic plants along the shoreline and several yards into the water. Often cloudy, murky water though most of the year. Algae will form as early as June/July and will become progressively more prevalent throughout the summer. Fish kills can take place in summer and winter. Diminishing healthy aquatic species.

Stage 4

Lakes/ponds have extremely high level of nutrients especially nitrogen, ammonia and phosphorous resulting in cloudy murky water with continuous algal blooms. Aquatic growth is thick and nearly choking out the lake/pond. Fish kills are often during summer and winter.

Clean Water Pro will help you determine the stage of your waterbody and provide recommendations on how to improve the clarity and purity.

How we assess your waterbody

Physical
Assessment

We identify the physical land map of the waterbody and surrounding area. This identifies all tributaries, potential sources of contamination and more.

Water (Chemical)
Assessment

We measure the current chemical composition of your water body.

Customized
Treatment Plan

Highly focused and specially designed to guarantee the outcomes desired.

Recommendations designed to improve the clarity of your waterbody

An example of the outcomes you can expect from the following programs may include:

Getting Started Program
Reduce muck accumulation
Prevent aquatic growth
Save money on dredging
Reduce odor
Silver Program
Improve water quality
Improve aquatic ecosystem
Increase dissolved oxygen
Reduce muck accumulation
Prevent aquatic growth
Save money on dredging
Reduce odor
Gold Program
Improve visual appeal
Improve water quality
Improve fish habitat
Improve aquatic ecosystem
Increase dissolved oxygen
Reduce muck accumulation
Prevent aquatic growth
Save money on dredging
Reduce odor

Our 5-Step Process To Guarantee Outcomes

Clean Water Pro's process starts with a comprehensive assessment designed to be presented to a lakeshore committee or a municipal board. For $1,895 Clean Water Pro will professionally assess a declining water body by taking a comprehensive approach to the physical, environmental and chemical composition including the surrounding area.

Recommendations for remedial activity hinge on the accuracy of the assessment. Recommendations by the staff at Clean Water Pro always guarantee water clarity, usability percentages, and more. Recommendations are routinely appended in the assessment findings report, and can be delivered in person at lakeshore committee or municipal board meetings.

Clean Water Pro will professionally install your fine bubble aeration system on a pre-determined grid pattern designed to work for your specific waterbody.

Clean Water Pro staff will monitor your aeration systems and provide ongoing maintenance as required. They will also routinely monitor the chemical analysis of the water under treatment to ensure suitable progress is being made.

All outcomes promised in negotiating the work project are guaranteed! Clean Water Pro must install and maintain the systems involved for guarantees to be valid.

Assessments

Who is Clean Water Pro?

Clean Water Pro has an extensive knowledge and experience treating retention ponds, lakes, swimming holes, dugouts and lakeshores including beaches. We have successfully assessed and recommended solutions for many different types of water bodies and have developed a strong strategy to achieve the desired outcomes for our stakeholders. We hold full environmental liability insurance to work with water and we are a SAFE Work Certified company providing you with peace of mind when hiring us.

Pond, Dugout or Lake Assessments

Each body of water is unique and ever changing. It starts with an assessment of the body of water to have a clearer understanding of the requirements to remediate the water in lakes or ponds. We look at water chemistry, muck, invertebrates, algae species, aquatic weeds, riparian zone, wildlife, bathymetric. Once the data is collected and analysed, we will recommend the solutions required to transform the body of water into a healthier body of water. We conduct baseline assessments that are a snapshot of the water at a given time usually at the peak of the problem. Full assessments, typically preformed on lakes, are much more detailed and can take a year to capture a full cycle of data providing a much stronger overview of the data on the body of water.

Fish Habitat Assessments

Clean Water Pro conducts fish habitat assessments to determine what species of fish can best thrive based on the structure and food source available for them. This includes bathymetric mapping, aquatic identification, riparian, invertebrates and water chemistry. Each species of fish has specific requirements that need to be met so that they will not only survive but grow and reproduce.

Lagoon Sludge Assessment

Lagoon capacity is an ongoing problem as sludge accumulation continues to grow. Clean Water Pro will precisely measure the sludge accumulation in the bottom of your primary and secondary lagoon cells providing you a map of the bottom sludge. Our prices are on a sliding scale based on number of acres to be measured. Ask us about our sludge reduction treatments that help you avoid dredging and will save you money!

Bathymetric Mapping

A lot can be discovered by creating hydrographic maps of lakes and ponds. We will provide you with a map your body of water to show depth, weed lines and bottom type.

Community Swim Pond

Who is Clean Water Pro?

Clean Water Pro has an extensive knowledge and experience treating retention ponds, lakes, swimming holes, dugouts and lakeshores including beaches. We have successfully assessed and recommended solutions for many different types of water bodies and have developed a strong strategy to achieve the desired outcomes for our stakeholders. We hold full environmental liability insurance to work with water and we are a SAFE Work Certified company providing you with peace of mind when hiring us.

Why Construct A Community Swim Pond?

Rural communities have found that the cost of a pool is much higher than that of a natural swim pond. Natural swim ponds create an exciting environment for all ages! It provides an opportunity for people to connect with nature in and out of the pond.

Economic Value

A pond in a community can provide an entertainment value year-round. Many communities create a campground near the pond so families can camp and enjoy the beach with swimming. Trails around the pond can be created to enjoy wildlife and the outdoors. In the winter the pond can be transformed into a skating rink! Once the word is out, people will come from near and far to enjoy the oasis you have created!

How Can Clean Water Pro Help You?

In proactively setting up your swim pond, we can save you money in the long run. Our certified designer can design the pond and surrounding area. We can design and install the appropriate equipment and treatment plan so that the water remains healthy and beautiful.

Fisheries Lakes

According to Manitoba Sustainable Development, angling and ice fishing brings approximately 43,000 anglers to Manitoba to fish each year. These anglers spend about $125 million dollars on tackle, food, lodging, travel cost, fishing services, packing plans and other related costs. This is an important part of Manitoba’s tourism industry and is set to grow in future years.

Who is Clean Water Pro?

Clean Water Pro has an extensive knowledge and experience treating retention ponds, lakes, swimming holes, dugouts and lakeshores including beaches. We have successfully assessed and recommended solutions for many different types of water bodies and have developed a strong strategy to achieve the desired outcomes for our stakeholders. We hold full environmental liability insurance to work with water and we are a SAFE Work Certified company providing you with peace of mind when hiring us.

Overwintering Fish

Our harsh Manitoba winters can at times be detrimental to fish populations causing winter kill. Fish kills take place with DO (dissolved oxygen) levels drop below the optimal level causing fish stress or even fish death. Trout species are particularly susceptible. With climate change and the forecasted warming, DO levels in summer months may be drastically reduced too. Mechanical aeration such as fine bubble subsurface aeration can be used to aerate lakes in summer and maintain an open ice area in the lake in winter to ensure the DO levels are high enough to keep the fish healthy.

Cost Efficient & Quiet

Fine bubble aeration is cost efficient to install, operate and maintain as compared to other systems on the market. The systems operation cost starts at $62/month to operate 24/7. Each system has a built-in restart in the event of a brown out or full power outage providing you with the peace of mind that the system will continue to run. All the aeration systems are modular and can easily be added to if required.

Getting Started

With the initial discussion with Clean Water Pro and MB Fisheries, it will lead us to the next steps – assessment and design. We will need to assess the aeration site to begin the design process to determine the aeration size and location to ensure the health of the fish.

Storm Retention Pond

Who is Clean Water Pro?

Clean Water Pro has an extensive knowledge and experience treating retention ponds, lakes, swimming holes, dugouts and lakeshores including beaches. We have successfully assessed and recommended solutions for many different types of water bodies and have developed a strong strategy to achieve the desired outcomes for our stakeholders. We hold full environmental liability insurance to work with water and we are a SAFE Work Certified company providing you with peace of mind when hiring us.

Assessment

It starts with an assessment of the storm retention pond(s) to have a clearer understanding of the requirements to remediate the water in storm retention cells. We look at water chemistry, muck, invertebrates, algae species, aquatic weeds, riparian zone, wildlife, bathymetric. Once the data is collected and analysed, we can recommend the solutions required to transform the body of water into a desirable body of water to live beside.

Recommendations and Maintenance

We use the data collected from the assessment to determine our comprehensive treatment plan so we can achieve the desired outcomes. This also provides us with a baseline data to compare to after treatments commence to ensure we are working in the right direction. Our staff provides full maintenance and monitoring services after the recommendations are implemented to ensure the desired outcomes are met.

Expected Outcomes

  • Visibly attractive ponds
  • Decreased algae
  • Decreased duckweed
  • Decreased muck
  • Decreased aquatic weeds
  • Decreased nutrient load
  • Increased biodiversity
  • Healthier and safer water
  • Improved water clarity
  • No foul odor

Design and Planning

Are you planning a new development? Proper design and set up of the storm retention pond can save you money in the long run. We are available to consult with your engineer and developer to proactively set up your storm retention pond.

Primary and Secondary Lagoons

Who is Clean Water Pro?

Clean Water Pro has an extensive knowledge and experience treating retention ponds, lakes, swimming holes, dugouts and lakeshores including beaches. We have successfully assessed and recommended solutions for many different types of water bodies and have developed a strong strategy to achieve the desired outcomes for our stakeholders. We hold full environmental liability insurance to work with water and we are a SAFE Work Certified company providing you with peace of mind when hiring us.

Lagoon Sludge Measuring

Lagoon capacity is an ongoing problem as sludge accumulation continues to increase. Clean Water Pro will precisely measure the sludge accumulation in the bottom of your primary and secondary lagoon cells providing you a map of the bottom sludge. This provides us with the data required to target reduction on the entire cell or in strategic locations. We can also take samples the sludge for analysis to determine the percentage of organic sludge vs inorganic sludge. Our prices are on a sliding scale based on number of acres to be measured.

Lagoon Sludge Reduction

Dredging is expensive! Save money not having to dredge your primary or secondary lagoon cell using our special formula of bacteria “bugs” and enzymes to quickly breakdown the sludge in your cell.

Target Strategic Areas

It is possible to decrease the level of sludge by targeting strategic areas within the cell if a full cell treatment is not required.

Lagoon Sludge Reduction

Clean Water Pro staff will apply the treatment to cell or strategic areas of the cell on a weekly basis. We will deploy our boat and staff to spread the pellets in the entire cell or predetermined areas.

Case Studies

Clean Water Pro has helped many companies, cities, and municipalities.
Click on any logo below to read the full case study.

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RM of Springfield – Wheatland Pond – Dugald

Upon our assessment we found this shallow pond to be quite eutrophic. As the electricity was not available until late fall we began treating this pond with just bacteria and pond dye in mid August. Within 3 weeks there was already signs of improvement.

RM of Pipestone – Reston

This manmade swim pond was constructed from an existing slough! It was dredged, shaped and lined with sand. Our treatments and aeration was installed and applied. This has become a great meeting place for the Reston community and surrounding area.

RM of Argyle

We spent 2 summers treating the primary lagoon at Baldur, MB. The first summer we applied a lower dose of beneficial bacteria and enzymes to break down the sludge in the bottom of the cell. The second summer the dose was increased and we achieved even greater results.

RM of East St. Paul – Pritchard Farm Road

In June 2016 we met with the RM of East St. Paul to view their troubled ponds. Upon our recommendation they hired us to install aeration into one of their ponds. The pond was thick with algae & duck weed. One month later it was nearly clear while the adjacent ponds were still solid green.

Revenue Canada Pond

This pond is eutrophic with hundreds of geese that surround it all summer long. The contractor applied the treatment in mid August and within 3 weeks most of water had cleared. This project was through a landscaping maintenance company (Grounds Guys) who relied heavily on my recommendations to treat the pond as it was part of their contract to maintain it.

Andy Brandt – RM of Tache

In 2014 & 2015 homeowners of Lorette, Manitoba were unhappy about the state of three of their ponds. Excessive algae growth and a foul odor in late summer displeased residents enough to initiate change. In early 2016, Andy Brandt the Public Works Manager for the Municipality of Tache contacted Lynne Melvin to ask her opinion on the matter. On Lynne’s recommendation, the municipality replaced fountain sprinklers within each of the three ponds with a compressor and a diffusion plates for each. Lynne also treated the ponds with bacteria and a pond dye. More than 18 months after the fact all the ponds are in much better shape.

“The results were impressive,” says Andy

Algae growth virtually disappeared and there was not a late summer odor problem. Andy stated he was particularly impressed with the north pond, “it’s the first pond to receive water of the three and was in the worst shape. Today it looks like a completely different pond.”

In her follow-up assessment conducted in the fall of 2017, Lynne recommended residents not remove the bulrushes but to instead keep them. She also said residents should stop mowing so close to the pond and to leave a buffer zone between their lawn and the where the water hits their property. In 2017 more than 300 feet of willows were planted in a portion of the banks to stop them from crumbling into the water.

Andy claims the attitude of the residents has completely changed since 2015. They are now more aware of the techniques they need to employ to make the pond’s ecosystem healthier. With Lynne’s help, we have been able to educate ourselves with the practices that will maintain the health of our pond’s ecosystem.

“The only thing left to complain about now is the excessive amount of frogs. And that is not worth complaining about because that is telling us that our ponds are healthy again.”
— Andy Brandt

Randy Braun – RM of Rhineland

Randy Braun is a Public Works Foreman in the town of Plum Coulee which is host to a beautiful pond in the center. The pond is referred to as Sunset Beach and is Plum Coluee’s major attraction in the summer months as it features a beautifully landscaped beach. Town residents are really proud of their beach and take great pride in making it widely available to people in the surrounding communities.

“It wasn’t always the case”, says Randy. “Our pond and beach was not always as nice as it is today. Going back to the summer of 2014 and few years before we had several people complain about algae and the muck along the shoreline. You know, the kind of nasty algae that turns your swimming suit green when you come out of the water.”

In the early stages of trying to fix the problem Randy tried a number of different solutions including a plan to aerate the pond using a single hose and manifold as well a combination of pond dye and copper bluestone. His efforts helped a little bit but not enough to avoid the complaints.

In the late summer of 2014, Randy asked Lynne Melvin (formerly of Riverdale Water Management now of Clean Water Pro) to assess the pond and make a recommendation. Lynne made an assessment that lead to a recommendation of a six plate aeration system, pond dye and a bacterial treatment plan. Since implementing her recommendation in early 2015, Randy doesn’t recall of any complaints due to algae growth in the water. Moreover, Randy says pond sediment, referred to as muck, is down considerably as well.

Needless to say Randy is very happy with the services and outcomes offered by Riverdale Water Management, now called Clean Water Pro.

“I would not hesitate to recommend Lynne’s services to other people in need of a better place to swim.”
— Randy Braun

Frequently Asked Questions

What is stagnant water?

Stagnant water is standing water that has been sitting without moving for a significant amount of time.

Why should I care about stagnant water near my home or cottage?

Stagnant water is characterized by having low oxygen levels. This makes it unsafe for consumption by humans & livestock and hazardous to life that normally exists in the water including fish. Perfectly undisturbed water is an adequate breeding ground for mosquitos and the low oxygen content makes it favorable for algae blooms. Cyanobacteria algae blooms can be dangerous to swimmers. New data indicates even low levels of ingested cyanobacteria can be deleterious to a person’s health. Due to the low oxygen levels in stagnating water, living organisms that normally would survive and thrive in the water don’t and instead they die and rot. Rotted organic material in stagnating water creates a foul odor. Eventually rotting organic material sinks to bottom of the pond or lake and re-exists as “floor muck”. Excessive floor muck becomes a haven for another pest, aquatic weeds.

How do I know I have stagnant water?

You know you have stagnant water when you can answer yes to most of these questions:

  • Is the lake water murky or hard to see through?
  • Do you have floor muck at the shoreline? If so, how far does the floor muck go out from the shoreline?
  • Do you have aquatic weeds growing near the shoreline? If so, how excessive are they? Are they spotty, along the entire shoreline, or widespread throughout large portions of the lake/pond?
  • Do you see algae blooms? If so, do you see them periodically, in the summer and fall, or all season long?
  • Do you see cyanobacteria (often referred to as blue/green algae)?
  • Has your lake/pond suffered any fish kills? If so, did the kills occur in the summer, the winter, or both?
  • Do you know if your pond or lake has a high phosphorus level?

How can I do a quick assessment of my lake or pond?

What treatments are typically used to remediate stagnant water?

Treatments used to remediate stagnant water include:

  • Aeration. We recommend fine bubble aeration over course bubble aeration. Fine bubble aeration is less costly to operate and much quieter.
  • Water or pond friendly bacteria.
  • Pond dye. This is not always recommended and would depend on the outcomes desired as well as the type of water system involved.
  • Ultra sound waves are used to stop algae growth.
  • We often make several recommendations to cabin or home owners on things they can do to slow down the deterioration of their lakes or ponds.

When should I call Clean Water Pro for help with my pond or lake (body of water)?

You can call Clean Water Pro anytime to ask questions. Clean Water Pro staff will always recommend you start with a do it yourself assessment – refer to question #3 "How do I know I have stagnant water?"

If I wanted to know the precise condition of my lake or pond, what would be the first step?

If you have completed your 'do it yourself' assessment your next step would be to have Clean Water Pro conduct a thorough assessment.

Can Clean Water Pro come to my municipality and precisely assess my lake or pond?

Clean Water Pro is available to conduct a precise assessment of your lake or pond.

How much is an assessment and what would it provide my committee or municipal board?

An assessment is $1,854 for a single water body. You will receive a comprehensive report including a chemical and physical analysis of the water in question, as well as three or more recommendations on how to remediate your pond or lake.

Should I start with a remediation plan without conducting a proper assessment?

We do not recommend starting with remediation solutions until you know the exact stage your water body is in.

Can Clean Water Pro implement the recommendations they make?

Clean Water Pro is ready to implement all the recommendations they make.

How do I contact Clean Water Pro?

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