Randy Ehman - (780) 523 2999 / (780) 523 1043 (cell) - High Prairie, AB

Dugout systems
Systems build to match the size and dept of your waterbody.
Both systems are good for dugouts for sizes up to 1,000,000 Gallons and a depth of 35ft (11m).
We custom build aeration systems to meet your needs, give us a call!

Black smelly water in Dugout (winter)

Possible causes: What to check for: How to correct (options):

Depletion of dissolved oxygen levels in dugout water (winter)

 

Dugout aereation equipment not installed or working properly
Snow cover on dugout reducing sunlight and oxygen produced by growing plants

 

Check and maintain dugout aereation equipment
Where feasible carefully clean snow cover from a portion of dugout surface

 

Black smelly water after Hone Treatment System only


Filter system fouled with organic material and organic sediments in pressure tank and / or hot water Clean or replace filter medium
Ensure adequate disinfection of water
Bottom dugout water entering from damaged intake pipe

Damaged intake pipe
Hire a diver to repair water intake pipe

Hire a diver to repair water intake pipe

Black smelly water in Dugout (summer)

Possible causes: What to check for: How to correct (options):

Depletion of dissolved oxygen levels in dugout water (summer)

 

 

 

 

 


Abundant algea and weed growth and decay
Cyanobacteria growth
Grass clipping appearance to water
Dark green slime floating or deposited along dugout banks
Dirty water after runoff and reduced water depths in dugout
Organic plant material deposited in dugout
Rewcycling of nutrients from dugout sediments causing increades algea growth
Water intake near dugout bottom
Deterioration of water quality in wet well

Contol algea and weed growth by employing control techniques
Replenish oxygen with dugout aereation system
Empty soil erosion techniques in watershed or watercourses, gated inlets, or two dugout systems
Clean dugout with excavation equipment and steepen all slopes to reduce and algal growth
Use screened culvert inlets and locate deciduous trees away from dugout.
Ensure dugout aereation is diffused at the dugout bottom
Use a perforated pipe or device to diffuse oxygen instead of open ended hose
Raise floated intake near surface
Clean out large-diameter wet wells or abandon in favour of small-diameter wet wells


Dirty Dugout Water

Possible causes: What to check for: How to correct (options):

Soil erosion of watershed and watercourses

 

Soil erosion
Recent runoff event
Suspended clay particles that will not settle

Employ soil erosion techniques and gated inlet
Use a two dugout system
Use coagulants in dugout to clear water
Erosion in dugout Soil erosion by wave action

Protect eroded dugout banks with erosion prevention materials like filter cloth, plastic or riprap
Install water treatment system including coagulants and sand filter

Muskrats, ducks, mud-puppies

 

Abundance of cattails and tunnels into dugout banks
Floating cattails

Control cattails and remove muskrats by trapping etc.

Contaminated runoff

 

Test water for bacteria, chemicals and pesticides


Control contaminants and / or cause from watershed
Divert any contaminated runoff around dugout
Install water treatment equipment
Human activity Swimming Eliminate swimming

 

Aeration Installation

 

PICT0001
PICT0002
PICT0003
PICT0004
PICT0005
PICT0006
PICT0007
PICT0008
PICT0009
PICT0010