Using dye in your Natural Swimming Pool/Pond is important because it helps protect the water from harsh direct sunlight. The sunlight doesn't harm the water itself, but is a large factor in algae growth. There are a few key times in the life of your NSP when dye is especially helpful. The first being when your NSP is first built. When you've filled the NSP and your pump system is going you need to introduce the dye to protect the water for the first few weeks when the biological filter is establishing itself. The beneficial bacteria needs time to grow into all the nooks and crannies to prevent an algae bloom. The second key time for dye is when you are most likely to experience an algae bloom in your NSP, which is early spring. Spring is the beautiful time when everything begins to grow back in, sadly this does include algae, which will be one of the first and easiet things to grow in your NSP. The dye helps prevent that spring sunshine from creating an algae party in your pool.
We are very excited to announce that we have been working at the Topeka Zoo along with other construction companies as well as Kogi Morimoto, a Japanese Garden Master to create the much awaited Kay's Garden! Total Habitat will be creating all of the water features within Kay's Garden. This project is a legacy gift for the former Kansas Supreme Court Justice Kay McFarland who established a living trust to build and maintain her dream of a world class Japanese Garden in the state she served for over 3 decades.
*Read more about Kay E. McFarland here
We are far into Phase 1 of the project which includes all of the upper level streams, 2 ponds, 7 bridges and 12 waterfalls! In the pictures below you can see some completed stream rock work, the large rock plates or 'weir' plates are a vital part of the water falls because it controls water flow.
Phase 2, which will begin in 2020, features a massive koi pond which will circulate over 250,000 gallons of water. The adjacent upper level streams will join back together after their separate journeys through the garden via a large waterfall.
Below you can see our model that was presented for our water feature work, there you can see the stream systems, the upper ponds, and the large koi pond all connected.
For more information on Kay McFarland's legacy and vision, as well as a full 3-d rendering walk-through video of the whole project visit the Topeka Zoo's page from their website here.
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