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Test your bore water before buying new property

Posted on May 18, 2018

We are fielding an increasing number of calls from new farm owners with bore water supplies they can’t use for irrigation, stock, gardens or households.

DELTA’s founding director Alex Panov says it is essential when buying a new property to test the bore water supplies before purchase so you can plan water treatment options sooner rather than later.

“On one day alone this week our specialist water staff had to tell two new farm buyers their bore supply was completely unuseable without treatment, and it’s not an easy conversation to have when you’ve just made a major investment in property,” Alex says.

We urge people in this situation to get their bore water tested first then if they need a treatment solution, they can manage this as part of their purchase instead of getting caught out and having to deal with it urgently and under stress.

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Western NSW farmer Frank Cox is one customer who came to DELTA after realising his bore water was the culprit of poor crop yields and calcium build-up in stock trough systems on his new property.

Reliant upon the bore for his centre pivot irrigated lucerne, Frank’s first planting after purchase was a disaster. The irrigated oats failed to develop any higher than 600mm. Even more alarming was the oats he planted at the same time on non-irrigated land overtook the irrigated plants to grow to over one metre.

I was significantly depressed that first year with the results, and I didn’t know what I was going to do to make things better.

A water and soil analysis revealed high salinity levels and through his agronomist he heard about DELTA’s 100% Australian water treatment system.

Within two cuts of installing his DELTA bore water treatment system Frank’s lucerne went from producing one quarter of a tonne per acre to one and a quarter tonnes. Results remain consistent, with his crops still averaging around one tonne per acre.

“That’s excellent, anyone who gets a tonne to the acre is doing very well,” Frank says. “Since installing the DELTA and changing farming practices I have more control over my farm and most importantly I have confidence. My income has basically turned around from $7000 a month to $30,000 a month. The DELTA has a huge part to play in that.”

Water treatment leading to farm business success

Alex and Dianne Panov, who both grew up on the land and had agricultural-based careers, founded DELTAwater more than 25 years ago to address common water quality problems such as salinity, scale, iron and corrosion.

With a practical nature and hands-on experience adapting and improving agricultural equipment, Alex’s early development of the DELTA technology was inspired by seeing the impact poor quality water had on the agricultural industry. With no environmentally-friendly, high quality practical solution on the Australian market, he set about designing and manufacturing a solution.

“Alex and Dianne have very good understanding of what they’re required to do to make someone else’s business run successfully,” Frank says. “They have a lot of experience with conditioning water. They have clients all over the place who had unusable water because of its high salt and mineral content but because of the DELTA they are able to farm successfully now, including me.

Their depth of experience meant they were able to look at my bigger picture. My situation is now working and it wasn’t before. For me it was money well spent and it more than paid for itself on my first cut (of DELTA-treated lucerne). The DELTA has more than paid for itself many times over.

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Frank Cox at Narrandera shows off his lucerne crop in the background

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Frank is averaging one tonne to the hectare since installing his DELTA