Many state and local authorities have placed restrictions on the use of potable water for irrigating landscapes. The use of reclaimed or well water sources often causes loss of soil structure resulting from high levels of sodium, bicarbonates and carbonate salts.
EcoFert's Water Treatment Program is specifically designed to:
Neutralize the effects of high bicarbonate and carbonate levels in irrigation water and soil solution.
Lower the pH and sodium levels in irrigation water and soil.
Maintain the solubility of calcium and magnesium in irrigation water.
Sodium. High concentrations of sodium in irrigation water can be detrimental to both turf grass and soils. If reclaimed or well water with levels of sodium that exceed 70 ppm (>70 mg/L) and low levels of calcium and magnesium is applied frequently to clay soils, the sodium will tend to displace the calcium and magnesium. Grass is quite susceptible to sodium toxicity because frequently mowed to a very short height, irrigated frequently, and subjected to other stresses.
Bicarbonates/Carbonates. Of all the mineral constituents in irrigation water, bicarbonates, and to a lesser extent, carbonates, are often underestimated in terms of their potential to synergize soil degradation and disrupt water movement through soils. Furthermore, bicarbonate is considered by many as the most toxic anion that exists in relation to plant health.
The Water Treatment Program specifically enhances the infiltration, percolation and drainage characteristics of the soil profile. This facilitates the coverage of the pH-Acid treatment as well as enhances the "leaching" of sodium and carbonate salts from the rootzone. The Water Treatment Program will greatly increase water penetration, flush salts away from the root zone, reduce clodding and crusting, and increase the microbial base in the soil.