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Old 03-21-2013, 02:05 PM
 
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Over the past several months I have had problems with my irrigation system here at Heritage Oaks. When The HOA sent over the maintenance guy to check it out and before he got to work he said the line was probably clogged by a small clam in the piping. It immediately brought back some thoughts of my prior life before retirement. It turned out to be what he said but although he called it a clam in the piping system,
it really is not a true clam in words but in the bi-valve shellfish family.
What is happening here, as well as most other USA inland waterways in which water is taken for irrigation and fire sprinkler systems, is referred to as Zebra Mussels.
I am familiar with this problem that started in the mid 80's. This bi-valve shell fish started to cause costly
problem in the USA when a foreign ship docked in the Great Lakes and decided to purge its bilge of the contents.
It expelled the bi-valve in the Lakes and the rest is history. They are fast multipliers and feed off algae in
the water. (non potable, non chlorinated water)
They were first known to clog the cooling water intake pipes of operating Power Plants around the Great Lakes and have since migrated to almost everywhere in the USA entering lawn and fire sprinkler systems as well.

When I worked for Tyco Fire & Security I traveled to many places to see the impact on our fire protection
sprinkler systems so I could educate our customers. Our main code writing organization, referred to as
The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) of which I was a long time member, put out a white paper on this ever growing problem about ten years ago to bring to light the impact on Fire Sprinkler Systems.

When our guy removed it from the piping here I recognized it right away. I cannot say with any certainty how the entire piping system in our community has been compromised but if it is here at Heritage Oaks it will eventually show up throughout Tradition irrigation systems.
It would all start upstream where the water initiates from. Some non chemical control has been used with
some success. Our lakes in Tradition could in all possibility already be infested with these tiny shell fish creatures.

I am afraid we are looking uphill at this potential problem and, although not widespread, it will be a maintenance cost down the road in your irrigation systems. I had two rota heads totally clogged.

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Old 03-21-2013, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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I am from Louisiana and we eat shellfish, are they good to eat? maybe this is an opportunity to turn lemons into lemonade.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:03 PM
 
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I am from Louisiana and we eat shellfish, are they good to eat? maybe this is an opportunity to turn lemons into lemonade.
No idea but judging by the waters they keep, I'll pass. Besides you would have to eat a good 500 to fill you up! lol! When we broke the one up that came out of the system it was all gooey! yuk!
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