Heavy Duty stock and irrigation solutionPosted on April 20, 2022
IMAGE: DELTAwater solutions manufactures its customised water treatment systems in Newcastle. This Heavy Duty conditioner is installed at Griffith NSW to treat salty bore water used to irrigate rice.
Stock water system
When Northern Territory station managers Steve and Rebecca Severin arrived at Tarlton Downs, halfway between Mt Isa and Alice Springs, they weren’t able to grow a garden because the bore was too salty. The station’s Shorthorn-Santa Gertrudis were also refusing to drink the water at one set of cattle yards near the homestead.
After testing the water, DELTAwater recommended a Heavy Duty SL bore water treatment unit, custom designed for extremely hard bore water supplies with high salinity.
“Within a day of installing the DELTA onto the cattle yard bore we could see a difference. Once the cattle worked out the water was okay we started getting them coming in to drink from both sides. This meant they could walk further to get better food and the bore that was previously useless became useful again,” Rebecca says.
Alex and Dianne Panov founded DELTAwater solutions in Newcastle in 1993 to manufacture a water treatment system to address water quality problems including salinity, scale build-up caused by calcium and magnesium, water hardness, iron and corrosion.
South Australian station owner Steven McCracken, who farms a 5000-hectare property on the Eyre Peninsula, says his DELTAwater bore water conditioner rapidly cleared a frustrating build-up of minerals blocking his main stock irrigation pipe.
“I had sheep and cattle drinking on the line and I was not getting enough water through the system,” Steven said.
“I put my DELTAwater conditioner on the line and it unblocked the pipe within days.”
Test the water first
Renmark-based agronomist Trevor Sluggett says the Australian made water treatment system boosts irrigation system efficiency, lowers water use and improves yields. Trevor says when customers start using DELTA’s water treatment conditioners, many return for more units.
“If you are talking hard water and a need to stop scale, or if you have high-salt issues or biological activity, you will get quality advice from the DELTAwater team,” Trevor says.
“The good thing about dealing with DELTA is they have a range of units with different strengths to suit specific situations. Many of our customers now have them installed across their whole farm as well as hooked up to their home and garden.”
Understanding people’s water problems before recommending a solution is the key to DELTAwater’s success, says John Powderly from Powderly’s Pumping & Irrigation Services in Young, NSW.
“What really sets them apart is the fact they always test the water before they recommend one of their conditioners. If you don’t follow this path you could end up with any quality of water conditioner and it’s not going to work.”
Problems growers face in the Young district, renowned for cherries and grapes, include salty bore water and salt build-up in soils.
“We’ve got quite a few DELTAs on grapes and they’re getting better growth, better coloured leaves, better production of fruit – better all round. Plus they’re noticing less salt buildup in their soils,” John says.
Home gardens also get the DELTA treatment.
“People come to us because they can’t grow anything in the garden because they’ve using the bore water so much and it’s building up salt in their soils. We tell them they need a DELTAwater conditioner, they buy them, and they work.”