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Digested Organics Provides Solutions to Help Keep Drinking Water Safe in Rural America

By March 23, 2019June 18th, 2024No Comments
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In many rural parts of the country where livestock farming is prevalent, drinking water sources have been found to be contaminated with high levels of nitrates and various pathogens. This contamination poses serious health risks to local communities, particularly those relying on groundwater for their drinking water supply. Although the precise causes of this groundwater contamination remain controversial and are likely to be investigated for years to come, there is evidence suggesting that the storage and land spreading of untreated manure may play a role in certain situations.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article titled “Farms, More Productive Than Ever, Are Poisoning Drinking Water in Rural America,” the frequency of pathogens such as E. coli, Salmonella, rotavirus, and cryptosporidium in water sources in Kewanee County, WI, is similar to levels researchers might expect to find in some developing countries. This alarming comparison underscores the urgent need for improved manure management practices to protect rural drinking water supplies.

The Role of Manure in Groundwater Contamination

Manure from livestock farming contains a variety of nutrients and pathogens that can leach into groundwater when not properly managed. The primary concerns include:

  • Nitrates: High levels of nitrates in drinking water can cause serious health problems, including methemoglobinemia or “blue baby syndrome” in infants.
  • Pathogens: Pathogens such as E. coli, Salmonella, rotavirus, and cryptosporidium can cause severe gastrointestinal illnesses and other health issues.

The storage and land application of untreated manure can contribute to these problems, particularly in areas with high livestock densities and shallow groundwater tables. Effective manure management practices are essential to minimize the risk of groundwater contamination and protect public health.

Digested Organics’ Solutions for Manure Management

At Digested Organics, we believe that communities affected by groundwater contamination should know that there are solutions available to help improve manure management in ways that can preserve groundwater quality. We offer advanced manure management solutions for both small and large farms, as well as farms that already have a digester.

Stainless Steel Ultrafiltration System

Our stainless steel ultrafiltration system is designed to remove nearly all pathogens, phosphorus, and organic nitrogen from manure. This system allows farms to apply a transparent liquid filtrate that will not contaminate nearby wells with pathogens but still provides the necessary nitrogen and potassium to crops. Key benefits include:

  • Pathogen Removal: Effectively removes harmful pathogens from manure, reducing the risk of waterborne diseases.
  • Nutrient Management: Retains essential nutrients needed for crop growth, promoting sustainable farming practices.
  • Environmental Protection: Reduces the risk of groundwater contamination and helps maintain water quality.

Reverse Osmosis Technology

For farms seeking even higher levels of purification, we offer Sub-Induction Time Reverse Osmosis™ (SIT-RO). This system further purifies the liquid filtrate into clean water and a second concentrated fertilizer. The purified water is clean enough for animals to drink or to be directly discharged into nearby streams and rivers. Benefits include:

  • Clean Water Production: Converts manure into water suitable for animal consumption or environmental discharge.
  • Concentrated Fertilizer: Produces a high-value fertilizer that can be applied more precisely and effectively.

Benefits of Digested Organics’ Manure Management Solutions

Improved Water Quality

By removing pathogens and excess nutrients from manure, our systems help prevent groundwater contamination, ensuring safer drinking water for rural communities.

Sustainable Farming Practices

Our solutions enable farmers to manage manure more effectively, reducing waste and promoting the reuse of valuable nutrients. This contributes to more sustainable and environmentally friendly farming practices.

Cost-Effective Solutions

Implementing advanced manure management systems can help farms save money in the long run by reducing the need for expensive water treatment and mitigating the risks of regulatory fines and environmental clean-up costs.

Protect Drinking Water with Digested Organics

Groundwater contamination from livestock farming is a serious issue that requires immediate attention and effective solutions. Digested Organics provides advanced manure management systems that can significantly reduce the risk of contamination and help protect rural drinking water supplies. Our customized solutions are designed to meet the specific needs of each farm, ensuring optimal performance and environmental protection.

If you are interested in learning more about how Digested Organics can help improve manure management on your farm, contact us today. Our team of experts is ready to provide you with tailored solutions that are better for your bottom line and better for the environment.

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