In agriculture, the growth of microorganisms in water pipes of irrigation systems remains one of the common challenges. It results in blockages, thereby hindering the smooth flow of water to the crops. Also, microorganisms comprising pathogenic bacteria can contaminate the water for irrigation and potentially harm the growth of crops. To make matters worse, besides the presence of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and algae in water pipes, there is also the presence of biofilm. The existence of biofilm allows the growth of potentially noxious pathogens in the irrigation system.
Although there are several disinfectants to address the issue, including the use of chlorine, it is the EPA-approved chemical compound Chlorine Dioxide (ClO2) that is proven to be the most effective.
Effectiveness of Chlorine Dioxide in Agriculture
In order to avoid blockages in the water pipes of irrigation systems and enhance their performance and durability, proper maintenance is necessary. ClO2 can be immensely helpful in treating any clogging issues.
The use ClO₂ help to controll:
- Growth of biofilm
- Algae covering drip taps and emitters in the presence of sunlight
- Organic growth on clay molecules
- Drizzles of iron and sulfur due to organic conditions