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Posted on December 2, 2013

Australian product provides solution for salty bore water

Lime tree orchardist Phil Oliver’s workload has grown since he installed the 100% Australian DELTA bore water treatment system. But the northern Queenslander certainly isn’t complaining. That’s because his trees are flowering and fruiting more than ever and his yield is up.

The DELTA bore water treatment using the 100% Australian product by Newcastle-based company DELTAwater solutions has transformed Phil’s harsh bore water into quality liquid. And he says he’s more than happy to shoulder the extra work from a more productive orchard.

“I’m picking non-stop now and it’s all because of Alex and Dianne Panov from DELTAwater solutions,” Phil says with a laugh. “I get behind on picking now because there’s so much crop. They’ve given me much more work and I have to work harder!”

DELTAwater’s 100% Australian water treatment products have 20 years of proven success delivering water treatment solutions for a range of water problems including salinity, iron, calcium build-up, algae and scale. The company’s products are chemical, maintenance and power free.

Phil knew his 450-strong Tahitian lime tree orchard at Biboohra, north of Mareeba, was in trouble when lower branches sprayed with irrigated bore water from sprinklers started dying and yields slowed. Phil initially installed a Grade 4 DELTA unit to treat his highly saline bore water and he quickly saw the benefits of the bore water treatment.

“I started seeing results with new shoots coming through the branches that were still alive around the base,” he says. “And then within four weeks of watering, massive flowering started and it just hasn’t stopped.”

But as the quality of his bore water became poorer, Phil could see he needed to look at other DELTAbore water purification options. He then installed a Heavy Duty SL and hasn’t looked back.  DELTA custom-makes the Heavy Duty SL Range to treat water that was previously untreatable due to its extremely high mineral content.

The Oliver family has also noticed a striking change in their domestic water, which gets the DELTA touch as well. “I’m very happy with the DELTA technology,” Phil says. “People need to know there’s something out there that will give them results with their water problems, whether it’s just in the house, in the garden or for farmers like me. So I’m definitely recommending it – because it works.”