Hi-Grade Poultry houses, in a series of 600-ft.
barns, approximately 1.5 million laying hens. High concentrations
of iron and organics in the well water caused multiple problems;
for example, build-up in the lines forced the watering nipples
to stick in the ‘open’ position. This, in turn,
caused water to pool in raw manure in the basement level beneath
the cages, resulting high maintenance costs to remove the soupy
wastes. Furthermore, the watering system required replacement
every six years. The cost in replacing the fouled watering
nipples was extreme. Each barn contained 15,500 nipples at
$.70 per nipple. With 5 barns in operation, the equipment costs
and man-hours required to replace the watering nipples were
severe and driving down profits.
The resulting clean feed water has created
healthier hens, resulting in higher egg production.
CleanWater Ozone designed an ozone system
which oxidized the iron and manganese and destroyed the organics.
Filtration then removed the oxidized contaminants from the
water. Result: for over 13 years, Hi-Grade’s water problems
have been eliminated. The watering system operates efficiently,
the poultry are healthier (producing more eggs), and the company
is pleased with the additional savings in terms of maintenance
as well as chemical costs.