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Startling early validation results in Thailand

by | Apr 18, 2018 | Others | 0 comments

Aqua-4D has been conducting the first validation in Thailand, and it has already yielded some astonishing results.  The process of “validation” entails side-by-side comparisons in the field so that key data can be measured and analyzed. All factors are controlled so that one section receives water treated with the Aqua-4D system while the other does not. The water comes from the same source, and the crop types and soil profiles are identical; the only variable is the Aqua-4D system.

In partnership with Chiang Mai University, this validation took place at a farm for mushroom exporters in Petchabun, just north of Bangkok. As is standard procedure, both the TT (Aqua-4D treated) and NT (untreated) sections were flushed. Validation can often be a lengthy process, but in this case there were significant differences apparent almost immediately: there were perceptible residues coming from the TT pipes. This is down to the way the Aqua-4D system modifies the structure of the water and dissolves deposits that may have been there for a long time. Present on the scene was Rodrigo Espinola of SATA Thailand, who reported almost instantaneous unclogging of organic sediment after just 10 minutes of flushing.

This piqued a certain interest and called for further examination with an endoscope. Upon closer inspection, it was clear that the TT pipes were almost completely clean in comparison with the NT pipes which were still full of scale and deposits.  These were significantly faster results than expected, and were music to the ears of the Thai farmers who experience clogging, limescale and biofilm as a result of the country’s often hard water.

There were also new findings regarding the greenhouse’s sprinkler system. Once again here there were significant early findings, with a clear difference from the water coming out of the two different sprinkler systems, one treated with Aqua-4D (TT) and one as normal (NT).  The NT water came out of the sprinklers spurting and unevenly spraying, whereas the TT water came out soft, scattered, and suspending in the air for longer. This was particularly significant in the Thai context where sprinklers are used to cool down the greenhouses, so this has the potential to have the same impact in reducing heat with much less water use. These findings will be studied in further detail, but the first results are highly promising.


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