In many areas of Australia, bore water is an essential and, in some cases, the only available source of irrigation water. Bore water is often high in salt, minerals and other contaminants. This makes treatment essential for safe use for crops and livestock. Hydrosmart specialises in bore water treatment systems designed to help drive efficiencies in the agriculture sector. Below, we look at the many problems a bore water softener helps to address.
Bore water often contains high levels of minerals like calcium, magnesium and iron, which accumulate in irrigation systems over time and cause blockages, damage and reduced water flow and pressure, impacting efficiency and performance. When these minerals oxidise, they form hard clumps that clog nozzles, filters, pipework, sieves and hoses.
Corrosion and Rust
High levels of minerals in bore water also increase the risk of corrosion and rust in irrigation systems as the process relies on the precipitation of minerals on metal surfaces. Left unaddressed, corrosion and rust can damage infrastructure and even leach toxic heavy metals into the water.
Depending on the location, bore water irrigation systems can be contaminated with chemicals, heavy metals and other pollutants that can harm crops and the surrounding environment. This can also lead to poor crop performance as well as health risks for consumers.
Biofilm and Algae Blooms
High mineral content in bore water can promote the unwelcome growth of algae and biofilm. By reducing the build-up of minerals that algae, bacteria and fungi feed on, a bore water softener helps mitigate health risks and reduce clogs; all thanks to improved overall water quality.
High Levels of Salt and Minerals
The high concentration of salts in bore water irrigation systems can accumulate in the soil and negatively affect plant growth. This can lead to reduced yields and poor crop quality. A common issue is when dissolved salts form on the soil surface, resulting in tightened and compacted soil. This causes crop stress and dehydration as it prevents water from permeating to the roots deep in the soil. Hydrosmart’s effective bore water treatment systems shrink the particle size of minerals, making them bioavailable for crops and boosting overall water quality.
Bore Water Treatment Systems for Australian Agriculture
Hydrosmart specialises in providing a scalable, sustainable and cost-effective bore water softener for the agricultural sector in Australia. To find out more, call 08 8357 3334 or contact us online.