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Bore water treatment company helps fruit grower follow new passion

Posted on March 14, 2022

North Queensland lime orchardist Phil Oliver says over the past 15 years their DELTAwater conditioner has saved their 600-tree Tahitian lime orchard and is now enabling them to follow a new passion.

Phil and wife Lisa from Biboohra, north of Mareeba have diversified their business Phillisa Limes, which supplies Brisbane markets, to include passionfruit.

They initially trialled dragon fruit but between high pH levels in their soil and the birds who ate every single fruit off the vine while it was still green, they canned that idea.

They then planted Panama Red passionfruit. Despite high sodium levels in their bore water, the trials with their DELTAwater solutions-treated water yielded impressive results.

Within one month of planting, the vines started flowering and within three months they were laden with fruit.

“We have vines growing where they shouldn’t be; the vines haven’t stopped flowering and the passionfruit are full of seeds. Even though our bore water is salty, something passionfruit objects to, they’re as happy as Larry thanks to our DELTAwater conditioner.”

DELTAwater solutions, an award-winning water treatment company, will return to the South East Field Days at Lucindale in South Australia this week. You will find them at Site 267 where they will be offering basic water tests for free.

Alex and Dianne Panov founded their manufacturing business almost 30 years ago to develop water treatment systems for salinity, scale build-up caused by calcium and magnesium, water hardness, iron and corrosion.

Phil and Lisa installed their first DELTAwater solutions conditioner in 2009 to address problems including stunted growth, leaf burn and poor yields caused by highly saline bore water.

Phil says the water treatment system has kept their business going strong, even during dry years when they only had access to the poorest quality bore water he’d used.

“People always ask why I’ve got so many limes and I tell them we wouldn’t be here without the DELTAwater conditioner. From when we first installed it, we’ve consistently had four times the amount of produce.”

With some of the lime trees nearing the end of their life and a major influx of new commercial lime growers in a challenging COVID marketplace, Phil says now is a good time to diversify.

“We’ve cleared another area and have about a quarter of an acre which is enough to start supplying the passionfruit commercially. We will gradually get rid of our older lime trees and replace them with passionfruit vines.”

Phil says their passionfruit are as round as the palm of his hand and go perfectly with a bowl of ice cream. “I eat a few, I admit, I always have a bag of them in the fridge.”