Iron build-up problem solvedPosted on February 16, 2017
South Australian farm manager Darren Jenke reckons the proof is in the pigs. Since installing the DELTA water treatment technology on the Lucindale district farm’s southern irrigation system in late 2010, he’s seen a dramatic reduction in iron build-up in the main-line pipe.
The cleaning pig, a foam cylinder that cleans under pressure along pipes, has had less work, it’s cut maintenance time and power costs and he’s rapt with the Australian-made and owned technology.
Darren installed a Heavy Duty DELTA SL Model to reduce his growing problem of a half-inch-thick iron build up on the inner walls of irrigation pipes on his farm ‘Redbank’.
The maintenance-free DELTA unit sits on a main pipeline fed by two bores at the 4000-acre property’s southern end. About three kilometres of pipeline, the bulk of it with a 10-inch internal diameter, carries water to three centre pivots. A third bore at Redbank’s northern end feeds another three pivots.
Darren says the difference between the southern pipeline and its untreated northern counterpart is definitely noticeable. The northern pipeline which doesn’t have a DETLA needs three ‘pig runs’ each time Darren wants to clean away iron build-up.
But on the southern end where the water is treated with the DELTA water treatment technology, after just one pig run the water is cleaner than the northern pipeline’s third run.
“Iron build-up has become more of a problem over the years and our DELTA unit’s well and truly worked,” Darren says.
“There is a considerable difference in the water between the southern and northern ends.”