Water Treatment for Agriculture
With municipalities rationing water to farmers and growers it is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain water needed to grow crops. While recent rains have helped restore our current water supply, California and Arizona share a robust agricultural industry and are traditionally dry climates prone to droughts.
“By 2040 average annual water supplies could decline by 20%, constrained chiefly by the transition to groundwater sustainability under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act,” as reported ty the Public Policy Institute of CA.
While many farmers have access to wells or ground water sources to replace their municipal supply, they quickly find these water sources are not suitable for their crops, due to contamination or increasing salt and salinity levels. This is especially true for Avocado, strawberry, tomato, and cannabis growers. These are crops that are highly sensitive to TDS and salt levels in the water.
The EAI team provides solutions such as Reverse Osmosis (RO) or Nanofiltration (Nano) to remove dissolved solids and salts, as well as chlorine dioxide and chlorine gas systems to minimize powdery mildew issues in greenhouses.
EAI is the market leader for providing RO systems to farmers in Southern California. While many farmers are cutting trees and fallowing land due to insufficient water supplies, our customers are planting more crops and realizing better yields from existing trees.
We have the experience and the products to design a solution for almost any agricultural water purification application. Please give us a call to speak to an experienced representative and schedule an on-site water treatment evaluation.
Specialized greenhouse applications – irrigation water and mildew control
To prevent the spread of food borne illness, the United States government implemented the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), leading to an exponential increase in water treatment applications where irrigation water requires proper disinfection prior to crop application. For indoor applications such as hydroponic greenhouses and indoor warehouse growing, EAI also has expertise in the application of gas phase chlorine dioxide to prevent the airborne spread of microbiological contamination such as powdery mildew, Aspergillus, Fungus, mold, and spores on plants.
Typical irrigation water can be prone to becoming contaminated with various potential bacteria such as E Coli, Salmonella, Listeria Monocytogenes, and Giardia as a few examples. The primary mechanism to help prevent these microorganisms from contaminating agricultural food supply, is to apply the use of disinfectants into the irrigation water (into the air for indoor growing environments). Common treatment chemistries are chlorine dioxide, chlorine, mixed oxidants, and peroxyacetic acid.
EAI can work to refine or augment your existing Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan.
Reach out today to see how we can help.