Mangalore Smart City Ltd Starts Installing Fountain Aerators Into The Rejuvenated Gujjarkere

Mangalore Smart City Ltd Starts Installing Fountain Aerators Into The Rejuvenated Gujjarkere

Mangalore Smart City Ltd. (MSCL) has started installing fountain aerators in the Lake to reduce the concentration of organic compounds into the rejuvenated Gujjarkere in Mangalore South that has historical and religious significance. The fountain aerators will also add to the beauty of the Lake which has already become a place for socialisation for the residents. Smart  City would install five fountain aerators, one each at four corners and one in the middle of Gujjarkere. A water pump at the northeast corner of the lake pumps water to these fountains. 

Aerators, besides reducing organic compounds, also oxygenate the water body and remove dissolved gases thereby improving water health. While many kinds of aerators were in use for water quality improvement, a fountain aerator adds to the beauty of the water body. When water was pumped through the fountains, water droplets collect air from the environment and fall back into the Lake. The process then continued round-the-clock and was expected to oxygenate the water body besides removing dissolved organic compounds.

Gujjarkere, where the historic deity of Mangalore—Sri Mangaladevi—undertakes Avabhrita Snana (holy bath) twice a year, was a thriving body about three decades ago. Local residents claim that they used to swim in the lake and even used the water for drinking purposes. Rejuvenation was complete by March 2022 when MP Nalin Kumar Kateel and MLA Vedavyas Kamath inaugurated it.

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