Tech to improve water quality goes from aquariums to Fort Lauderdale canalSaltwater aquarium hobbyists use filtration technology with tiny bubbl...

Tech to improve water quality goes from aquariums to Fort Lauderdale canalSaltwater aquarium hobbyists use filtration technology with tiny bubbl...Tech to improve water quality goes from aquariums to Fort Lauderdale canal
Saltwater aquarium hobbyists use filtration technology with tiny bubbles to keep their tanks clean. On Monday, a crew worked to use the same technology at a Fort Lauderdale canal.

The crew with Clean Waterways used a 30-foot barge to deliver three large protein skimmer apparatuses to the Himmershee canal, a tributary of the New River.

They injected microbubbles near the Southeast Eighth Avenue bridge, north of Las Olas Boulevard, with the goal of producing clean and oxygenated water.

“We are not pioneering the technology; we are pioneering the use of the technology,” said John Loos, the vice president of Clean Waterways, a Fort Lauderdale-based company which he co-founded last year.


Loos said the microbubbles bind to certain pollutants that are pumping through the system. A pump pushes a mixture of air and water and the bubbles come together to form a foam.

“It pulls out fecal matter, blue-green algae, Cyanobacteria — all the nasty stuff that is basically polluting our waterways,” Loos said.