Clean drinking water

The first drop

Would you dare to drink the water you give to your animals? Thinking about this question makes you realize that we often underestimate clean drinking water. The water we provide our animals is the basis for their performance. By ensuring that the quality of the drinking water is optimized, we maximize the outcome.

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What is clean drinking water?

Sufficient, clean, healthy, and reliable drinking water is what a good water supply must provide. After drinking water enters a farm, each animal must always have sufficient water at its disposal. Furthermore, the water must be clean. Clean water is clear, colourless, and odourless. It should also be free of any superfluous or harmful substances and free of bacteria or other harmful microorganisms. We determine the quality of water by an adequate mineral balance and the right pH. It’s also important to check all parameters regularly, so it’s a reliable source. But where do they judge good drinking water on?

But where do they judge good drinking water on?

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Use your senses

You can determine the quality of drinking water on various parameters, for example: the hardness of the water, the iron and manganese content, but also ammonium, nitrate, and sulfate. In addition to these chemical parameters, there are also microbiological parameters that clean drinking water must meet. By measuring the above parameters, you can determine the exact quality of the water. However, to avoid unnecessary testing, you can also find out the drinking water quality with your senses.

Sediment

The presence of sediment in the drinking water is the first sign that the quality is not up to standards.

Clarity

Clean drinking water is always completely clear. Ask yourself: Can you see through the water, or is it cloudy?

Colour

The water should not have any colour at all. If you see any visual colouring in the water, you know something is wrong.

Odour

If you smell the water, there should be no odour. If there is an odour in the water, there is something wrong with your drinking water quality.

Chemical parameters

You can check most chemical parameters with simple tools, but what should you pay attention to?

Microbiological parameters

Microorganisms are invisible to the human eye but occur everywhere in the environment, including water. After ingestion of these microorganisms, they remain present in the body. Microorganisms can cause disease or damage resistance. Harmful microorganisms are classify into:
  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Yeasts
  • Molds

Biofilm

A biofilm is formed when microorganisms start to grow on the deposition of minerals and organic dirt particles on the water pipe wall. The bacteria present then produce a kind of mucus layer that becomes thicker and thicker and protects the bacteria. Over time, the pipes will become clogged, and more and more bacteria will end up in water pipes. This phenomenon has a substantial adverse effect on drinking water quality. Risks that exacerbate the formation of biofilm include:
  • Natural contamination of the water by e.g. lime, iron, and manganese
  • Presence of gases in the water such as sulfur and methane
  • Organic pollution of the water
  • Poor plumbing
  • Low flow and high temperature
  • Use of additives

Once the biofilm is present, it turns out to be very difficult to remove. Even after a thorough cleaning, the biofilm can reoccur in just a few days. So the base of the incoming water must be in order. Any pollution that is not brought in, you do not need to remove.

It is also wise to keep the drinking water system up to date with a product that both cleans and disinfects to prevent biofilm growth. If the basis is right, a very low maintenance dosage will be sufficient.

Effects of low-quality drinking water

The consequences of bad drinking water depend on the parameters mentioned above for each situation. It can lead to severe problems. In general, it comes down to this:

Increased disease pressure

Reduced resistance

Reduced water and feed intake and therefore decreased performance

To prevent these problems from happening, it is important to check your water quality regularly. There are several ways to test this. The advice is to first look at the sensory aspects. If these are okay, you can start testing it further based on the parameters. To determine the exact value, we advise having a thorough examination performed by a specialized company. Please contact us if you want a complete test. You could also choose to do a small test that gives you a better view of your company’s status. Get your free water test by filling in the form below.

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“We ensure that every farmer can drink the water for his animals himself!”
Good drinking water cannot be taken for granted, but it is a crucial basic condition for healthy livestock farming. Reduced water quality leads to production damage, such as more diseases, reduced growth, lower milk yield and poorer feed utilization. Our partner for clean drinking water Total Water Care Total Water Care stands for a total concept to guarantee the water quality from the source to the animal, so that you as a farmer are assured of clean, fresh and tasty drinking water at all times.

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