Innovative Technology Turns Manure Into Drinking Water Recycles Millions Of Gallons Of Water Annually

Top Quote World Water Day is on Sunday Mar 22. The world will be coming together to talk about water, bring attention to the water crisis, & celebrate innovators who are offering solutions to water problems. Let us introduce you to a company that is helping livestock farmers recycle clean, drinkable water from livestock manure. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 20, 2015 - March 22 is World Water Day: A day when the world will take a moment to come together to collectively focus on water. Not only will the attention be centered on the global water crisis, but also in celebrating those who are finding innovative solutions to preserve and protect our water. In the midst of all of the excitement, one small company will be determinedly pressing forward in their mission to provide livestock producers with the ability to make dirty water clean: more specifically helping farmers turn manure into water that is actually clean enough to drink.

    The Livestock Water Recycling (LWR) system segregates and concentrates valuable fertilizer nutrients while recycling clean water from livestock manure. It's the only manure management system on the market that can recapture water while producing zero waste, and is the global leader in this type of wastewater treatment technology.

    With systems on farms in New York, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana, and increasing global interest, the LWR System will treat millions of gallons of liquid manure annually, recycling it into millions gallons of clean water, liquid nutrient and thousands of tonnes of solid fertilizer.

    Ross Thurston, President of LWR, believes that livestock farmers want a solution to the animal waste problem. "Dairies are fundamentally environmental," says Thurston. "They recycle, they recover, they reuse. A lot of their feed is byproduct feed. They just haven't had a tool to deal with their manure." He continues "This technology will have a significant impact on the livestock industry and the future of manure management."

    This year, World Water Day will focus on water and sustainable development. According to the official UN World Water Day Website, inefficient use of water for crop production depletes aquifers, reduces river flows, degrades wildlife habitats, and has caused salinization of 20% of the global irrigated land area. To increase efficiency in the use of water, agriculture can reduce water losses and, most importantly, increase crop productivity with respect to water.

    Animal production contributes to one-quarter of humanity's water footprint and agricultural practices account for 70% of the world's fresh water withdrawals. The ability to use water sustainably and to keep it clean is becoming a global priority. The LWR system can reduce fresh water withdrawals on dairy and hog farms by 40 per cent. It also reduces manure volume by up to 85 per cent. This makes fertilizer storage more manageable and when applied reduces the risk of harmful runoff. On one U.S. farm alone, the LWR System is expected to treat 30 million gallons of liquid manure annually which will be recycled into 18 million gallons of clean water. The LWR system helps farmers by giving them an abundant supply of clean water, eliminating the risk of fertilizer run-off into the local water systems and reducing the need to purchase chemical fertilizer.

    It is estimated that by the year 2050 farmers will need to increase world food production by 70% in order to meet the needs of 9 billion people. With this increased demand the agricultural sector is under pressure to improve how it uses water resources. California is an example of how drought is impacting the ability to produce food. While in the Midwest, keeping water clean is the issue. The increase of toxic algae blooms in the Great Lakes resulted in the City of Toledo's water to becoming undrinkable for days. The U.S. does not want a repeat performance of this event. Last month the House of Representatives ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to fight toxic algal blooms. Innovation is the future of farming and the LWR System is the future of manure management.

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