Taking on salinity in the Australian outback

Taking on salinity in the Australian outback

As a farmer or business owner in Australia, you're most likely familiar with the issue of salinity. With underground salt rising and high levels of the substance in water sources, Australians are facing the loss of usable farmland, issues in infrastructure, limited drinking water and a whole range of other problems. For that reason, salinity has been identified as one of the biggest environmental problems in the country. 

This issue requires attention at multiple levels, from large-scale governmental action to solutions for individual farmers and landowners to mitigate the effects of poor water quality. The Australian government has invested billions of dollars in programs aimed at reducing salinity and altering irrigation practices to address this important issue. However, individuals across the country still have to deal with the negative effects of salinity on their lives and livelihood, especially with regard to plant growth. 

One of the common approaches for reducing salinity in water is using reverse osmosis to remove the salt from the water supply. Unfortunately, these systems are both costly and have a number of disadvantages. For instance, osmosis solutions generate an extremely salty reject-water stream, which must be disposed of, and consumes two to four times as much water as is actually used. Consequently, reverse osmosis isn't a very sustainable solution for efforts aimed at improving irrigation practices.

Hydrosmart's water conditioning technology avoids some of these issues by utilising an entirely different approach. It employs electromagnetic charges to change the way the salt interacts with the water. As a result, it frees plants' roots from the salty crust that can accumulate there, enabling plants to thrive even in areas that have water with salinity levels that are normal toxic to them.

This water conditioning system uses very little energy and allows water to flow freely. While policymakers and environmentalists will surely need to continue looking for ways to approach Australia's salinity issues as a whole, this solution can help farmers increase their yield and improve the health of their plants immediately.