Keeping water fresh and clean is a difficult task for many farms. This article discusses the process, water safety in agriculture, and 3 ways to prevent water treatment for agriculture issues.
- The process: Water that comes into contact with your crops can carry diseases or contaminants that need to be removed before it leaves the property. There are different methods depending on what type of contamination you’re trying to remove from your water supply.
- Keeping your farm safe: There are national regulations for food production, such as labeling requirements and inspection standards set by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Farms must also comply with their own state’s regulatory framework, which may include additional reporting obligations such as notifying local authorities of water discharge.
- Types of water treatment: There are three types of systems that are common in agriculture- physical/chemical, biological, and thermal. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages depending on your specific situation.
No matter what type of water treatment you choose for your farm, it’s important that you have a water management plan in place. This water management plan should include water quality goals, water source information, and how your system is going to be monitored for performance.