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Problems sometimes occur. The following list may help narrow down the cause of the problem:
- Lagoon depth falls below 2-foot minimum due to:
- Leak in artificial liner
- Clogged inlet pipe
- Low flow rate into lagoon
- Holes in dike from plant roots or burrowing animals
- Not enough clay in natural soil liner or not compacted
- Lagoon flows over the dike and banks. This may be caused by:
- Improper sizing
- Excessive water use
- Heavy precipitation
- Surface water from site is draining into lagoon
- Lagoon has persistent odor. This may be due to:
- Algae bloom blocking sunlight
- Anaerobic conditions
- Improper sizing and /or overloading
- Insufficient air flow-blocked by trees, shrubs, or other vegetation
- Lagoon has high numbers of flies and mosquitoes:
- Long grass and weeds may be blocking the wind and providing breeding areas for flies, mosquitoes, and other insects.
Review of Lagoon Operation and Maintenance
- Maintaining your lagoon system is your responsibility.
- Keep hazardous materials out of the system.
- Manage solids.
- Manage and monitor water level.
- Maintain a log. Keep records of structures, maintenance, water levels, repairs.
- Check and repair structures monthly.
- Check the fence and repair holes, gaps or sags. Check the gate to ensure that it fits well.
- Check the lock and replace it if not working properly.
- Check the dike. Repair it if necessary to maintain the same height and shape as when built.
- Repair any damage to dike caused by rodents and burrowing animals.
- Maintain a cover of perennial grass.