can also impact boaters and shore land property owners. They can attach to boat hulls, clog boat
engine cooling systems, and clog water intakes. Scraping off the zebra mussels from an
encrusted hull can damage the boats paint or gel coat. By growing in an engine cooling system,
they can block water flow, which can cause the engine to overheat.
property owners who draw water from an infested lake or river can also find
that their pumps and hoses are clogged, making them inoperative. Of course,
the cost for these repairs are borne by only a few people, but everyone pays
when zebra mussels impact large utility systems.
|In the West,
zebra mussels pose a threat to farm and orchard irrigation systems by choking
off the flow in canals. From the irrigation pump, the mussels could spread to
the irrigation system and totally block off the pipe, even those as large as
4 inches in diameter.