Agricultural Water Solutions

Salts dissolved in water reduce crop yield and damage livestock health. We can help.

Water quality

Water quality can affect plants, soils, livestock, irrigation equipment, domestic use and general farm activities.

Plant and livestock tolerance to water dissoleved elements will generally depend on the species sensitivity.

Common water issues

Common water quality issues are: PH, iron, hardness, sodicity, turbidity bacteria and salinity. 

As a general guide, chloride and sodium ions do the most damage to plants.

Salts like magnesium sulfate and sodium sulfate, have purgative effects on livestock, cause diarrhoea and have a negative effect on its health.

 

Salinity

Salinity is the concentration of all soluble salts in water. Pure water is not a good electrical conductor, current is transported by dissolved salts (ions). That is the reason why salinity is generally measured by its electrical conductivity (EC). 

Salinity at any level will affect most plants, with growth and yield declining rapidly more than 25%.

PH

The pH balance of a water describes how acidic or alkaline it is. PH of 7 is neutral. PH below 7 is increasingly acidic and PH above 7 is increasingly alkaline.

PH between 5.5 and 7 maintains nutrient balance and •prevents scale formation in irrigation equipment.

Suspended solids

Suspended solids present in the water are a common problem for spray equipment, resulting in blockage or or reduced product performance.

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