Basic Theory of Water Treatment for the Agriculture Industry-Jesse McCoy, CWS – Business Unit Specialist, Water Treatment, Neogen (National Po...Basic Theory of Water Treatment for the Agriculture Industry-Jesse McCoy, CWS – Business Unit Specialist, Water Treatment, Neogen (National Pork Board)
Experts in the water quality field often disagree on the “proper” way to treat water whether it is for human consumption, animal, or industrial. What they do agree on is the theory behind treatment. Focusing on theory, rather than the performance of different water treatments in the agriculture industry, the key components of treatment include pH adjustment, initial disinfection, solids reduction, and residual disinfection.
Research continues to show pH as a major factor in agricultural drinking water. The pH of the water, and the chemicals that adjust it, not only affect the palatability of the water but also the ability to effectively disinfect the water. The desired pH of the water is dependent on the type of animal and nutritional profile associated with it. How far to adjust the pH is still up for debate as the more adjustment required, the more chemical is necessary, and the longer the return on investment.