Distributor: Philadelphia Turf Co.
Background: This feature installation took place in an estate property in the historic Philadelphia suburb of West Chester, PA, famous for its big and beautiful converted stone farm homes and estates. Upon entering the driveway to this 4 lot property one is greeted by two small ponds connected by a walking path to each home. The homeowner, a real estate manager, raised waterfowl and designed a floating island for the fowl. The pond was about ½ acre but very shallow, only about 5-6 feet deep, which set the stage for frequent algae blooms. There were also assorted game fish in the pond, which required cooler water temperatures. While water quality issues were the obvious priority, a large aesthetic pattern was desired by the homeowner that could be run throughout the year as the pond needed to be kept open for the waterfowl.
Installation: The Tri-Star was the first aesthetic choice, but discussion of long term water management and winter operation directed the selection to a 1HP Sunburst. In the winter, the customer utilizes either the Sunburst pattern or the High Volume pattern, based on the severity of the temperature.
Results: After one season of operation, he is extremely satisfied with the pond's appearance, and has called us to work with a neighbor and help him select his aerating fountain!
Side Note: (Although not available at the time) Otterbine's new Aqua Series Fractional Units are tailor made for this type of application. Here, the customer first thought of getting 2 units to decorate the pond, but did not have the money budgeted. The under $1,000 price of the Aqua Series makes it easy to discuss multiple unit applications for both aeration and aesthetic situations within a modest budget.