Filtration Ponds a big hit in Drought Cities by Joe Navarro
San Diego, California and San Angelo, Texas are alike in certain ways. For example, the San Diego Safari Park has filtration ponds just like the ones we have behind the Museum of Fine Arts. Filtration ponds uses plants to absorb bacteria and nutrients out of the water. When bacteria and nutrinets are left in the water, algae grows taking oxygen from the water. When the algae dies, the decomposers eat it and then reproduce. They take even more oxygen from the water until finally water creatures start dying. Grants funded the building of the filtration ponds at the Safari Park. These ponds helped move water creatures around the pond system. The water got cleaner by using the filtration ponds. The old system sent the water to the top of a hill and as it slid down the bacteria and nutrients got trapped in the ground plants. Way to go San Diego for improving your water quality! They also have two mini reserviors where the water is saved just like our three reserviors; Twin Buttes, O.C. Fisher, and Lake Nasworthy. Creatures live in and around the reserviors year around such as pelicans and deer. The city of San Diego has the San Diego River running through it just like San Angelo has the Concho River running through it. They’re even going through a drought, like us, and they have to conserve their precious natural
resource…water. For more information on how to conserve water tune in for more Aqua Squad updates.