Learn more about the alum treatment process and benefits

This short video from AquaTechNex shows an example of the alum treatment process on Canyon Lake in southern California. Alum application in Canyon Lake was proposed in order to remove nutrients from the water column that contribute to algal blooms in the lake. By binding phosphorus and reducing algae growth, the continued use of alum is expected to reduce nutrient cycling and associated sediment oxygen demand in the lake sediments. The goal is compliance with the interim and final chlorophyll a TMDL targets. Alum application is also anticipated to indirectly increase dissolved oxygen in the hypolimnion as well as reduce the frequency of ammonia toxicity.