Freshwater Corrosion – South Florida Water Management District (2015)

Although the coastal environment is known to be very corrosive, it should come as no surprise that “fresh water” structures can also need significant maintenance to stay serviceable. Because fireworks fallout and fertilizers, some of the theme park water we have tested is nearly as corrosive as seawater. But these flood control structures that we evaluated the service bridges on are as “out in the middle of nowhere” as you can get. But natural tannins, fertilizer and age still take their toll.  These flood control structures are being refurbished and we confirmed that the service bridges are structurally suitable for light construction traffic (but never crane load a hatch or trench cover!).