Bureau of Reclamation Installs Hydro-OpticTM UV System for Mussel Control at Parker Dam

Hydroelectric & Cooling Water

Parker Dam is a hydroelectric facility with a nameplate capacity of approximately 200 megawatts that is managed by the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) Lower Colorado Dam Office. Following the spread of quagga mussels to Lake Mead, Reclamation began a feasibility study in 2007 to identify control options that could protect their facilities (Hoover, Davis, and Parker Dams) while having little to no environmental or ecological impact. Following the evaluation of various chemical and non-chemical control methodologies, the Hydro-OpticTM (HOD) UV treatment system was selected as the preferred treatment to supplement operational and mechanical activities already in place at Parker Dam.

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