Saturday, May 3, 2014

California Dreamin as farm uses reverse osmosis system

Necessity is the mother of invention.

This aquifer is one of California's largest, but due to increasing salinity levels after decades of pumping and drought, it has been rendered unusable for many kinds of agriculture. Fabbri Ag Services is using a Desalitech ReFlex reverse osmosis system featuring Closed Circuit Desalination (CCD) technology to provide affordable irrigation water and minimise waste generation and energy consumption.

By utilising a dormant brackish aquifer, Fabbri Ag Services is making efficient use of local water resources without burdening the state's already strained reservoir system. The installed Desalitech reverse osmosis system provides Fabbri with 300 gallons per minute of irrigation water to supply about 40 acres of land at a farm near Bakersfield, California. The water it produces is highly pure so that it can be used to support high value crops like almonds and grapes.
Brackish water RO is cheaper than sea water RO.

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