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Drinking Water Tests for Lead

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December 1  |  Case Studies, Latest News, Reports, Tests, safe drinking water  |   Webmaster

The province isn’t collecting all of the samples recommended by Health Canada, and is instead using a testing method that was abandoned by U.S. cities 30 years ago. It is now is planning to change how it tests drinking water for lead in response to an investigative report

Quebec has previously said it would be reviewing its regulations before March 2020, in response to new recommendations made earlier in 2019 by Health Canada.

See the full story here.

 

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Is Our Drinking Water Safe?

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December 1  |  Latest News, Reports, Tests, safe drinking water  |   Webmaster

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians could be consuming tap water laced with high levels of lead leaching from aging infrastructure and plumbing, a large collection of newly released data and documents reveals.

It’s a key conclusion of a year-long investigation by more than 120 journalists from nine universities and 10 media organizations, including Global News and Concordia University’s Institute for Investigative Journalism.

Read the full story here (Global News)

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Chlorine Side-Effects

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December 1  |  Latest News, Reports, Tests, safe drinking water  |   Webmaster

For more than 100 years, chlorine has helped protect people across the country from dangerous pathogens that may otherwise lurk in their drinking water.  But in some communities, byproducts of that same disinfectant may be putting residents in harm’s way.  A byproduct of the treatment process, trihalomethanes, or THMs, form when chlorine reacts with organic matter in the water.


 
 
Studies have linked long-term exposure to THMs to increased risks for pregnancy complications, spontaneous abortion, slowed fetal growth, gastrointestinal disease, some cancers and damage to the kidneys, liver and central nervous system.
 
 
 
 
Click here for the complete story. (Global News)

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Distributors Wanted

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October 27  |  dealer, dealers, distributors, Latest News  |   Webmaster

Seeking Distributors for Western USA

Looking for Qualified Distributors for dedicated territories.

We are a successful company specializing in water treatment, purification & sustainability, with innovative eco-friendly products, and a  global network of distributors, looking to expand our market in the Western USA. 

Our U.S. products are already in major use at many farm operations (especially dairy) throughout the U.S.

This is NOT a job, but a unique business opportunity for independent self-employed business people to add to their existing portfolio of products or to develop a start-up business. We offer full training and technical & sales support.

See www.puroxi.com/company/opportunities for more details.

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Turkey Farm testimonial

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January 22  |  Case Studies, Farm, Farmers, Latest News, Nutrition, Poultry, safe drinking water  |   Webmaster
Improved Water Quality:

The main reason I was interested in trying out Puroxi (Oxy Blast) was due to the poor water quality at Pine Park Farms. Each barn at the farm has its own separate well with different mineral levels but what they all have in common is a high level of manganese.

Before switching to Puroxi (OB), I was using chlorine as the daily water sanitation product for my turkey farm. The interaction between the chlorine and the manganese produced a thick black slime/sludge that would coat all of the waterlines and pug them up over time. To try to clear up the water going into the barn, I had tried a variety of different water filtration systems from a few different water filtration companies. None of them seemed to be able to keep up and would plug up over time.

Cleaner Plumbing:

The switch from chlorine to Puroxi (Oxy Blast) has eliminated this problem.

The Puroxi (OB) does not react with the manganese and has actually over time removed all off the black slime and sludge throughout all of my waterlines. The waterlines are now cleaner than they have ever been.

Disinfectant:

The Puroxi (OB) also seems to work extremely effectively as a daily disinfectant. I am able to achieve the same level of Puroxi (OB) from the start of my waterlines to the end of the waterlines. This is quite a feat as one of the barns is over 600 ft long. The litter conditions in the barns have improved and the litter is not as wet as with the chlorinated water.

Another big improvement has been in the feed conversion for turkey Toms. Where I previously achieved an average of 2.4 feed conversion in 16wk/16.5kg toms, I have now averaged an 2.25 feed conversion for 16wk/16.5kg toms.

I am going to attach a few photos so you can see the improvements of one of the cistern tanks and a small filter to show how the Puroxi (Oxy Blast) has cleared up my water lines. You are welcome to use these in the article if you want.

LEFT – This is what a small simple filter looked like with the chlorine treatment. The water flowing through this small filter was filtered first by large iron eating filters.

RIGHT – This photo is the exact same filter, after using the Puroxi (OB)

The following are above-view photos from one of my cistern tanks –

Before the start of using the Puroxi (OB);

1 week later after the use of Puroxi (OB). The brown/black residue has been coming off the sides and settling on the bottom of the tank;

Less than 4 weeks after starting Puroxi (OB). What a remarkable & welcome difference!

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Water for Livestock

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January 20  |  antibiotics, Beef, Business Opportunity, Case Studies, Dairy, Farm, Farmers, Immune System, Latest News, Livestock, Nutrition, Pork, Poultry, safe drinking water, testimonials  |   Webmaster

Providing enough quality water is essential for good livestock husbandry.

Water makes up 80% of the blood, regulates body temperature and is vital for organ functions such as digestion, waste removal, the absorption of nutrients (feed conversion), lactation, and much more. Understanding daily livestock watering needs is key when designing a livestock watering system.

The daily water requirement of livestock varies significantly depending on animal species, size and growth stage. Environmental aspects as well as the QUALITY of water, also impact the amount of water intake. PUROXI improves the quality of your water and delivery systems ensuring your livestock will drink the recommended amount.

Click on the links below for additional information, facts, and articles of interest. You can also use the Search function tool (top right corner) to find items of interest.

Water Requirements for Livestock

Advantages of PUROXI Water Treatment

Product brochures for various species

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Water for Beef Cattle

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January 20  |  Beef, Farm, Farmers, Latest News, Livestock, Nutrition, safe drinking water  |   Webmaster

Adequate clean fresh water is the cornerstone to animal husbandry.

Cows (& calves) need plenty of quality drinking water, especially during the hot summer months. Water consumption increases proportionately as ambient temperature increases above 40 F degrees. Also, lactation increases the amount of water required by beef cows.

An adequate source of fresh, clean, good-tasting water will ensure that the cows drink as much water as they need, resulting in good feed conversion and lactation.

For detailed information from various qualified sources, please click on the links below. You can also use our Search box feature at the top right corner of the page, to access many other studies, reports, and articles of interest.

Water for Beef Cattle

Organic Cow-Calf Testimonial

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Water for Dairy

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January 20  |  Dairy, Farm, Farmers, Latest News, Livestock, Nutrition, Research, safe drinking water  |   Webmaster

The importance of water quality and intake for dairy farms cannot be over-stated and is worth repeating.

Water is one of the most important, yet often neglected, nutrients for the cow. Water ranks second, only to oxygen, in importance to the cow.

Lack of water will reduce dry matter (feed) intake and production. Also, water quality will impact water intake, and cows are more sensitive than people to poor water quality.

For more detailed information from government and academia sources, please click on the links below. Also, feel free to use our Search box function (top right corner) to find additional material and articles of interest.

Water Quality and Intake for Dairy

Water Quality for Cattle

Water Quality for Dairy Cattle

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OMRI Listing

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December 23  |  Latest News  |   Webmaster

We are pleased to announce that Puroxi (OB50), manufactured and listed as Oxy Blast 50 is now OMRI listed for Organic Use, specifically for use as a disinfectant and sanitizer for crops, including irrigation cleaners.

Click here for details

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Importance of Water-Dairy Calves

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July 23  |  Dairy, Farm, Farmers, Immune System, Latest News, Livestock, News, Nutrition  |   Webmaster

Following is an excellent and timely article from Progressive Dairyman magazine re: the importance of water for dairy.

The award-winning magazine’s editors and contributors provide compelling features, helpful articles, insightful news analysis, and entertaining commentary about the people, practices and topics related to a dairy lifestyle.

Why high-quality water matters for calf success

Contributed by Ellan Dufour Published on 30 May 2018

Often overlooked, water is the most important nutrient for dairy calves. It is required for all of life’s processes including the transport, digestion and metabolism of nutrients, the elimination of waste materials and excess heat from the body, and the maintenance of a proper fluid-ion balance in the body.

The role of water in young calves

Offering calves free-choice water is critical for stimulating rumen development, improving grain fermentation and promoting starter intake. The quality of water offered can play a major role in calf health and nutrient utilization.

Rumen development: Unlike milk and milk replacer, water consumed by young calves is transported to the rumen rather than the abomasum. Water in the rumen provides a medium for ruminal bacteria to ferment starter feed, grain and hay. Rumen development is slowed in the absence of water.

Improved growth: Calves offered free-choice water in addition to their liquid diet are shown to gain weight faster and consume dry feed quicker than calves only receiving water through their milk or milk replacer.

Calf health: Calves are about 70 to 75 percent water by bodyweight and need to consume fresh water in order to maintain normal cellular functions. Dehydration can lead to weakness, severe weight loss and even death. Signs of dehydration include sunken eyes, dry mouth and nose, tacky gums, depressed demeanor, irregular pulse and cold legs and ears.

How much and when?

  • Pre-weaning: On average, calves consume 1 quart of water per pound of dry matter intake.
  • Post-weaning: Calves should consume 2 quarts of water per pound of dry matter intake. This ratio should extend through the heifer growing period.
  • Hot weather: Expect water consumption to increase by 33 percent or more as temperatures reach the high 70s, and anticipate it may double as temperatures pass 90ºF.

Factors affecting water quality

Offering poor-quality water to the young calf may impact water consumption and starter intake, calf health, rumen development and the value of milk replacer and electrolytes. There are many criteria involved in assessing water quality. These include organoleptic properties (odor and taste), physiochemical properties (pH, total dissolved solids [TDS], total soluble salts and hardness), presence of toxic compounds, presence of excess minerals or compounds (see Table 1), and presence of bacteria.

Hardness: Calves are very sensitive to sodium and struggle to tolerate excess sodium levels. Soft water or hard water that has passed through a water softener can have very high concentrations of sodium and should not be used to mix milk replacer or be offered as drinking water unless tested. High sodium levels can lead to neurological diseases and central nervous system derangement in young calves.

Osmolarity: In situations where total solids are high in milk or milk replacer (over 15 percent), offering high-quality water can sustain the osmotic equilibrium in a calf. High total solids can force water out of cells in an effort to find osmotic balance within the gut and can result in diarrhea and severe dehydration. Water provision is especially important for calves fed an accelerated milk replacer program to ensure proper hydration.

Bacteria: Coliform bacteria like E. Coli and salmonella may be present in poor-quality water or water contaminated by feces and can quickly and exponentially increase to dangerous levels in a calf if consumed. In both cases, calves may suffer from severe dehydration and diarrhea. Salmonella may also result in pneumonia and septicemia in infected animals. Water with high iron content is at an increased risk of salmonella contamination.

Minerals: Calves are more sensitive to elevated mineral levels than adult cattle, making excessive mineral concentrations in drinking water a particular concern. Upper concentrations and maximum tolerable concentrations of minerals for dairy cattle are shown in Table 1 (below).  Minerals of particular concern when in high concentrations include cobalt, copper, iron, hydrogen sulfide, manganese and sulfur.

Take-home messages

  • Ensure calves are consistently provided with clean, fresh, and readily available water.
  • Keep water buckets clean and free of contamination from starter feed and feces.
  • Know the least expensive and most efficient method available to modify mineral and microbial concentration of water offered to calves.
  • Check your water quality frequently. At minimum, water fed to calves should be tested annually.

 

Ellan Dufour is a dairy research nutritionist with Hubbard Feeds.Source: https://www.progressivedairy.com/topics/calves-heifers/why-high-quality-water-matters-for-calf-success

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