PHYSICAL OBSERVATIONS [i.e., items that can be observed & measured immediately]
1) Mitigation of mineral deposits associated with hard water
The problem of mineral buildup or “scaling” in pipes and nozzles of irrigation systems is widespread, but can be completely resolved with the ecoSolv Water Device
Water treated by the Device before entering the pipes of a system will not only prevent mineral buildup but also quickly remove any minerals accumulated in the pipes. In fact, after installation of the Device, it is mandatory to flush out the pipes using ecoWater. The flush will produce grey water (due to the release of accumulated minerals) and should continue until the water is 100% transparent. Usually, this takes one to two hours. Then, the system is ready to be used again to irrigate crops.
Items to observe:
a) Water Colour. Water treated by the Device quickly releases accumulated minerals in the systems pipes, nozzles and sprinkler heads, as evidenced by the grey color of the water during the cleaning process.
b) No nozzle buildup. After the installation of the Device, nozzles remain clean with no mineral buildup. There is no longer any need to remove and clean them periodically.
c) Soil Salinity: In the same way ecoWater releases accumulated mineral deposits in the pipes of an irrigation system, ecoWater water will loosen and flush mineral deposits in soil (i.e., notorious “salt rings”).
d) Improved Fluidity & Percolation: ecoWater flows with less resistance due to the removal of material clinging to the inside of one's pipes, and so moves through the pipes, tubes, and nozzles of an irrigation system far more efficiently. An indirect benefit is the increase in one's FLOW average, leading to better and more sustainable use of your irrigation when the pumps are on.
This is especially true with central pivot systems where one can measure a significant drop in water pressure, while providing the same amount of water m3/s.
Item to measure: First measure the internal water pressure of your irrigation system before installation of the Device, and then again after installation. If the system previously operated at, say, 40 psi, it may drop to, say, 30 psi for example, due to the improved water flow.
2) Faster Percolation:
As a result of irrigation being tension-less at the surface,(i.e. does not adhere to forces of adhesion and cohesion), ecoWater percolates faster and uniformly through the soil, significantly for hard clay-soils.
Item to observe: There is no pooling of water on the ground, even with clay soil.
Item to measure: Compare percolation time of untreated water and ecoWater under identical conditions. This can be done with a classic water percolation time test; or simply by digging two equal holes (say, 100 cm deep and equal diameters) then measuring the time it takes for equal amounts of (a) untreated water and (b) ecoWater to be absorbed.
3) Water & Energy Savings:
a) Reduced Water Use: With water treated by the ecoSolv Water Device, the water required to irrigate a given area is reduced by 10-20% on average. California citrus growers in areas with clay soil have reported savings of up to 35%, with increased yields.
Item to measure: Using a soil moisture meter (available at any garden center), one can confirm that soil moisture is maintained with 25% less water (or even 35% with clay), using ecoWater. One can also observe directly that the plants continue green and robust.
b) Reduced Energy Use: Energy used in pumping water is reduced proportionally with the pumping time. With 10-20% less water pumped through the system, 10-20% less energy is consumed.
Item to measure: Pumping time is a good measure of both water and energy use. The electric bill savings will show in the first month.
BIOLOGICAL OBSERVATIONS [i.e., items that can take 1 to 3 months to observe]
1) Increased yields: On average, yield increase by 10% when irrigating with ecoWater.
Item to measure: Traditional methods can be used for tabulating and comparing crop yields on similar plots, irrigated with untreated water and ecoWater, respectively.
2) Enhanced root and plant-accessibility to water and nutrients.
a) Less fertilizer used: ecoWater breaks-down, dissolves and mobilizes both liquid and solid fertilizers more efficiently, meaning less fertilizer lost and less pollution of groundwater and aquifers.
Be wary of the faster rate in which ecoWater delivers fertilizer nutrients. We highly advise one reduces the amount of fertilizer used by 20%, or risk slight crop nutrient burn.
Item to measure: After reducing fertilizer by a minimum of 20%, farmers can verify that their crop yields are not reduced, but generally increase as stated above.
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