Preventing Algae and Biofouling Contamination in Welsh River Systems through an Entirely Bespoke Kayak, Canoe and Paddle Board Cleaning System
Biofouling can lead to ecological imbalances, reduced performance, and increased maintenance costs, while algae contamination affects aesthetics, recreation, water quality, and safety. Watercraft such as kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards can cause biofouling and algae contamination.
North Wales Wildlife Trust (NWWT) wanted a solution to reduce the risk of contamination and appointed Wheelwash to design and build a watercraft cleaning solution that would ensure cleaner and safer waterways and preserve the health of aquatic ecosystems.
Wheelwash is known for our expertise in designing and manufacturing wheel washing systems primarily used in construction and industrial sectors. Our technology helps prevent the spread of dirt and debris from vehicles, keeping roads clean and safe. However, when approached by NWWT, as a manufacturer with specialist engineers, the team were able to extend their capabilities to address environmental concerns in a different domain.
NWWT commissioned the work on behalf of TNR Outdoors site based in Llangollen. They recognised the need for a bespoke solution to tackle biofouling, the process by which aquatic organisms such as algae, attach themselves to watercraft surfaces, leading to ecological imbalances and potential damage.