Water treatment system solves salt problems in Lockyer ValleyPosted on March 30, 2017
Over the past 70 years Robert Hogan’s family farm at Helidon in the Queensland Lockyer Valley has used salty bore water to grow crops. With ideal soils and climate for their cropping and livestock enterprise, they had some problems in the past but not serious enough to be too concerned.
After floods in 2011 filled the underground water table, the water became even saltier and crops such as lucerne became increasingly difficult to grow.
“We were having trouble with the lucerne after the second watering with it browning off, over the years too much salt has built up in the ground and eventually it caught up with us,” Robert says.
His local Landmark agent did some water tests and sent them to Australian company DELTAwater solutions, whose water treatment systems have been successfully combatting problems caused by salinity both here and overseas for the past 20 years.
Since installing a DELTA salty water treatment unit on his dam in 2015, which contains bore water he pumps from five separate bores, Robert’s lucerne crop has flourished. Or as he describes it – ‘The DELTA has made a hell of a difference here’.
How much of a difference? Four thousand extra bales a year worth of difference.
“Over the whole farm we’ve gone from only doing 17-20 bales a paddock to around 40 bales. In a year that equates to around 4000 extra bales due to having the DELTA,” Robert says.
The region usually gets around 500 mm a year, but Robert says the years have been dry and they rely heavily on the bore water. Since installing the DELTA in December 2015, he hasn’t looked back.
The paddocks are a lot greener and everything overall is a whole lot better. In the spring and summer it makes a hell of a difference and I’m happy with my DELTA, definitely.