Watford pond emptied and refilled after water turns an unsightly shade of green

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Watford pond is due to be emptied and refilled because its water has turned an unsightly shade of green just days after it was officially reopened.

The borough council attributed the problem to "teething problem" with the water features new filtration system.

The pond was refilled last week after work on its revamp was completed as part of The Parade’s £4.3 million regeneration.

Watford Observer:

Before work started on the refurbishment, the council promised to improve the pond’s stagnant water with a new filtration system and beefed-up cleaning regime.

However days after the pond was refilled the water has turned a vomit green hue, prompting complaints from people on social media site Twitter that it looks a "cesspit".

Contractors were seen pumping the ponds waters today as work to improve the colour started.

Watford Observer:

Today Peter Nelson, a Watford Borough Council spokesman, said: "In commissioning the works a fault was identified affecting the pond's filtration system which keeps the water clean.

"This is a short-term teething problem and we are currently working hard with our contractors to rectify the issue.

"In the meantime, we are emptying and refilling the pond and hope to have it looking as we intended as soon as possible.

"There are currently no fish in the pond. They will only be returned once the filtration system is fully operational and the water is ready for them."

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3:06pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Mad_Hat says...

So it's £4.5mil and counting......

Also, 'vomit green', is that really an accurate description?
So it's £4.5mil and counting...... Also, 'vomit green', is that really an accurate description? Mad_Hat
  • Score: 15

3:17pm Tue 24 Jun 14

The Not-so-enlightened one says...

Mad_Hat wrote:
So it's £4.5mil and counting......

Also, 'vomit green', is that really an accurate description?
Looking at the picture....YES!
[quote][p][bold]Mad_Hat[/bold] wrote: So it's £4.5mil and counting...... Also, 'vomit green', is that really an accurate description?[/p][/quote]Looking at the picture....YES! The Not-so-enlightened one
  • Score: 12

3:30pm Tue 24 Jun 14

davidhornet says...

After the weekend revellers have been poured out of Oceana it will not just look vomit green it will be full of green vomit.
After the weekend revellers have been poured out of Oceana it will not just look vomit green it will be full of green vomit. davidhornet
  • Score: 17

4:06pm Tue 24 Jun 14

//GSN//~Angel says...

Its an algae bloom caused by the sun,the water was green before and after the *grand opening*. You need chemicals to stop such bloom,too much nitrogen and BOOM there's the algae.I don't suppose it has a filter system either?? No fresh water going through only makes it worse.Get some more aquatic plants,they should help too.
Its an algae bloom caused by the sun,the water was green before and after the *grand opening*. You need chemicals to stop such bloom,too much nitrogen and BOOM there's the algae.I don't suppose it has a filter system either?? No fresh water going through only makes it worse.Get some more aquatic plants,they should help too. //GSN//~Angel
  • Score: 11

4:35pm Tue 24 Jun 14

makingstars says...

PERSONALLY, IT REMINDS ME OF AN AQUARIUM THAT HASN'T BEEN TURNED ON!
Obviously, healty algae is needed to keep the water naturally clean and when fish are re-introduced to the pond they need algae for food and to stay alive.
I notice how the council have said 'a teething problem' with the filters and the water features ... Did someone forget to turn the plug on?
There are no water-features or fountains working. And there's no suction that would be visible if the filters were on... I do remember seeing filters all around the pond, so switch them on, and especially the fountains, and it'll be lush!
PERSONALLY, IT REMINDS ME OF AN AQUARIUM THAT HASN'T BEEN TURNED ON! Obviously, healty algae is needed to keep the water naturally clean and when fish are re-introduced to the pond they need algae for food and to stay alive. I notice how the council have said 'a teething problem' with the filters and the water features ... Did someone forget to turn the plug on? There are no water-features or fountains working. And there's no suction that would be visible if the filters were on... I do remember seeing filters all around the pond, so switch them on, and especially the fountains, and it'll be lush! makingstars
  • Score: 5

4:39pm Tue 24 Jun 14

croxley46 says...

Classic! You couldn't make it up!
How many more millions to put it right, Dotty?
Classic! You couldn't make it up! How many more millions to put it right, Dotty? croxley46
  • Score: 10

4:54pm Tue 24 Jun 14

The Rover says...

I am sure the pond was filled with water just to get it looking ready in time for the event last weekend. They are probably just draining it to finish the work. Dont panic!
I am sure the pond was filled with water just to get it looking ready in time for the event last weekend. They are probably just draining it to finish the work. Dont panic! The Rover
  • Score: 3

5:13pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Popeonarope says...

Do not let dogs drink the algae water, it will kill them.
Do not let dogs drink the algae water, it will kill them. Popeonarope
  • Score: 2

10:42pm Tue 24 Jun 14

BCB69 says...

It could have been worse, it could have been Liberal Yellow what a thought,please don't take me up on this Dotty.
It could have been worse, it could have been Liberal Yellow what a thought,please don't take me up on this Dotty. BCB69
  • Score: 7

11:25pm Tue 24 Jun 14

phall lover says...

Should have got the England football team to open it .
Should have got the England football team to open it . phall lover
  • Score: 7

11:42pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Aryldi says...

Hardly vomit green. As stated above, algae bloom from freshly introduced water in strong sunlight is natural, and is food for many organisms.

What the pond needs is natural filters like pond weed and plants to act as natural filters, as well as the artificual filters to prevent the water from becoming stagnant, then it will function just fine.

A new pond should not have any fish introduced until it is properly established, and this is no different. I hope they are using water testing kits and the advice of aquatic specialists rather than relying on colour to determine whether or not the pond is fit for habitation.
Hardly vomit green. As stated above, algae bloom from freshly introduced water in strong sunlight is natural, and is food for many organisms. What the pond needs is natural filters like pond weed and plants to act as natural filters, as well as the artificual filters to prevent the water from becoming stagnant, then it will function just fine. A new pond should not have any fish introduced until it is properly established, and this is no different. I hope they are using water testing kits and the advice of aquatic specialists rather than relying on colour to determine whether or not the pond is fit for habitation. Aryldi
  • Score: 7

12:01am Wed 25 Jun 14

Andrew1963 says...

I think they rushed it and pretended it was finished in time to keep to the timetabled appearance of the Mary Portas grand opening. I expect refilling the pond was cheaper than the celebrity fees involved in rescheduling.
I think they rushed it and pretended it was finished in time to keep to the timetabled appearance of the Mary Portas grand opening. I expect refilling the pond was cheaper than the celebrity fees involved in rescheduling. Andrew1963
  • Score: 16

7:55am Wed 25 Jun 14

Hampermill-Mike says...

I hope that when they clear the pond they also deep clean it. Green algae will remain and it will simply return. The filter system should include a Ultra Violet unit to kill off algae. Algae isn't eaten by fish, its like us eating cotton wool. They need lots of plants and marginal to help keep it down.
I hope that when they clear the pond they also deep clean it. Green algae will remain and it will simply return. The filter system should include a Ultra Violet unit to kill off algae. Algae isn't eaten by fish, its like us eating cotton wool. They need lots of plants and marginal to help keep it down. Hampermill-Mike
  • Score: 3

9:23am Wed 25 Jun 14

#UKMum says...

Is there a fountain? Circulation of water in some way is traditional for 'water features' - I'm thinking Trevi Fountain. That's been up for ages and seems to keep clean in full sunlight. I do hope that there is provision for pond life etc. That was the best part about pond No 1 watching the ducks nesting.
Is there a fountain? Circulation of water in some way is traditional for 'water features' - I'm thinking Trevi Fountain. That's been up for ages and seems to keep clean in full sunlight. I do hope that there is provision for pond life etc. That was the best part about pond No 1 watching the ducks nesting. #UKMum
  • Score: 5

10:02am Wed 25 Jun 14

TRT says...

Andrew1963 wrote:
I think they rushed it and pretended it was finished in time to keep to the timetabled appearance of the Mary Portas grand opening. I expect refilling the pond was cheaper than the celebrity fees involved in rescheduling.
I must admit, the colour of the water contrasted beautifully with the colour of her hair.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew1963[/bold] wrote: I think they rushed it and pretended it was finished in time to keep to the timetabled appearance of the Mary Portas grand opening. I expect refilling the pond was cheaper than the celebrity fees involved in rescheduling.[/p][/quote]I must admit, the colour of the water contrasted beautifully with the colour of her hair. TRT
  • Score: 9

11:55am Wed 25 Jun 14

LocalBoy1 says...

Goodness me, it's Green algae, it happens when sun hits the water as any pond owner will tell you. It can be eradicated with chemicals with out harming plant of fish life. Changing the water is only a temporary fix. It will return.
Goodness me, it's Green algae, it happens when sun hits the water as any pond owner will tell you. It can be eradicated with chemicals with out harming plant of fish life. Changing the water is only a temporary fix. It will return. LocalBoy1
  • Score: 3

3:56pm Thu 26 Jun 14

E.Coli says...

Walked passed lunch time still stagnant green with green scum on top.O what a waste of money maybe if the fountains worked it may make a difference but with the large filtration unit you have hope for clearer water at this rate another two weeks and it will be back to it's former glory pea green.which was nice
Walked passed lunch time still stagnant green with green scum on top.O what a waste of money maybe if the fountains worked it may make a difference but with the large filtration unit you have hope for clearer water at this rate another two weeks and it will be back to it's former glory pea green.which was nice E.Coli
  • Score: 2

5:58pm Fri 4 Jul 14

John castle says...

U V lighting??????
U V lighting?????? John castle
  • Score: 0

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