Importance of Water Quality in Farms and Ranches

Many people go to great lengths to monitor what they eat. However, are you monitoring what you are introducing to your crops and livestock?

Water plays an important role in farms, ranches, and other agricultural settings. After all, water is necessary to keep humans, animals, and plants healthy. Unfortunately, using contaminated water is dangerous.

Plants have a tendency to absorb whatever is present in water, from harmful chemicals to dangerous bacteria. Livestock can be introduced to harmful parasites and chemicals that cause disease. If humans consume produce or livestock products that have been contaminated, they may become sick as well.

In most cases, farms and ranches use nearby lakes or rivers as their main supply of water. In such cases, it would be wise for owners and operators to install a commercial reverse osmosis system. This water filtration system is recognized by the CDC for its “very high effectiveness” in removing protozoa, bacteria, viruses, and harmful chemical contaminants.

Of course, you should also do your part to prevent water contamination in the first place. Reduce the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. The harmful chemicals in these products can seep into underground water sources or carried away to nearby bodies of water. Adding a fence around a lake or river can also reduce the chances of getting your livestock and their waste into the water source.

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