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For 24 years, South Australian-based Hydrosmart has been helping farmers improve the quality of their on-farm water supply.
High-quality water that easily passes through farm machinery and irrigation systems is integral to boosting productivity.
Additionally, livestock that have access to clean and contaminant-free drinking water are likely to gain more weight and produce more meat, wool and milk.
According to Hydrosmart chief executive officer Paul Pearce, the system was designed to improve the performance of highly mineralised, hard, salty, iron or calcium/gypsum affected water from bores, rivers, town mains and saline areas.
The patented technology has helped growers from a range of farming sectors from citrus, apple, olive and horticultural crops, to broadacre farms and livestock enterprises, including poultry, cattle, sheep and horses.
"Using the Hydrosmart system, farmers get the advantages of a water conditioning solution that requires no chemicals, no filters and no maintenance," Mr Pearce said.
"From go to flow, the installation process doesn't take longer than a few hours.
"All we ask is that the Hydrosmart is protected, so it may take time to put a small shed or enclosure area around it so it's safe from the elements and animals.
"It will keep working for decades of use and there are no running costs, other than $10 in power to run it yearly."
Mr Pearce said where Hydrosmart had been installed on livestock properties, farmers had reported significantly improved animal health.
This was especially evident in locations where water was sourced from a bore and was high in salt and minerals.
The water conditioning nature of the Hydrosmart system ensured the water was more palatable and meant stock could better metabolise nutrients in their gut for better health and growth.
Beef cattle, in particular, had achieved greater growth rates once the Hydrosmart system had been implemented.
"We worked with a Poll Hereford producer who had been using bore water with 7000 parts per million total dissolved solids, which his cattle were not enjoying," Mr Pearce said.
"We supplied a 50 millimetre size unit to treat the water and the cattle very quickly gained weight beyond what was being achieved prior to its installation.
"This was likely due to salts and elements in the hard bore water not having the same lock-up potential of nutrient uptake in the animal microbiome."
About the Hydrosmart system
The Hydrosmart system is far more effective than simple magnets and has no waste streams like reverse osmosis produces.
The "plug and play" process is based on scientific research which established that scale layers and corrosion problems are related to how well minerals in water are dissolved.
Subsequent application of the technology by crop growers and stock water users has demonstrated that better dissolved minerals and salts also deliver a distinct growth advantage for living organisms.
Hydrosmart utilises a series of computer-generated resonance frequencies (ULF and VLF) to disrupt bonding between minerals and charged compounds.
These frequencies break the mineral bonds - much like sound waves shatter glass.
As well as acting on minerals, the resonance technology also acts on water directly, by affecting the natural dipole of water molecules.
This neutralises mineral precipitation, removes old scale and oxides, and prevents corrosion in pipes and all fittings in the flow.
A Hydrosmart microprocessor unit produces resonance frequencies that are focused on the water flow via antennae wound in tight coils around the pipe.
Most importantly, there are no reject streams, no pressure losses and no flow restrictions.
Units last and work the same as day one, for decades.
Frequency effects remain in treated water for up to seven days and progressively break down bonds of any mineral deposits.
Calcium and iron scale in pipes and equipment connected to the treated flow gets leached away within a period of months.
These minerals are pulled into suspension (dissolved) and exit the pipe with the water flow, the ionic charge influences elements which can then be better utilised by plants and stock with soil having improved percolation as softer water leaches more easily down via gravity after treatment.
- For more information, visit hydrosmart.com.au or call 1300 138 223.
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