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The Serpentine is one of the most famous water bodies in the U.K. and a London landmark. Located within Hyde Park and the adjoining Kensington Gardens, the 16 ha lake is a popular venue for millions of visitors each year for swimming, rowing and recreational boating. The Serpentine receives phosphorus inputs from many sources and in the past this has caused elevated levels of blue green algae.
In an effort to reduce phosphorus levels and thereby control the incidence of blue green algae, the authority responsible for the management of the lake, The Royal Parks, commissioned Phoslock Europe to undertake an application of Phoslock to the lake. The treatment took place between the 26th of February and the 1st of March, 2012, and involved the application of more than 66 tonnes of Phoslock to both the Serpentine and Long Water (the area of the lake within Kensington Gardens).
In addition to Phoslock, The Royal Parks is undertaking a number of other measures aimed at improving the long-term water quality and ecology of the lake including fish removal, aeration and the sourcing water from additional boreholes and installing reed beds.
Hyde Park is located in the heart of London in the vicinity of Buckingham Palace, Mayfair and Park Lane and the Serpentine Lake will be the venue for several long distance swimming events at the upcoming 2012 London Olympics.