A North Canterbury company claims great results with devices that use electromagnetic radiation in the form of low-frequency radio transmitters to ‘structure’ or ‘energize’ water for a wide range of benefits.
HydroBoost says the devices, when applied to livestock, irrigation or household supplies, have been shown to reduce impurities, promote pasture growth and improve livestock health, among other benefits.
The company says the technology removes iron and manganese from water in an environmentally friendly way and without the need for expensive chemicals.
“In a recent test it reduced iron by 95%, manganese by 92% as well as arsenic, boron, lead and some other harmful chemicals.
The company was founded by farmer Michael Richards who many years ago began researching dynamized water as an alternative to chemical fertilizers. He was recently joined by Michael Dennis as Business Development Manager, to help grow beyond the 20 or so devices already installed in businesses as varied as dairy farms, a kiwifruit orchard, a North Canterbury polo and a Taranaki poultry farm.
Asked about the scientific basis of the devices, they cite the work of Gerald H Pollack, professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. Pollack argues that a fourth phase of water exists, apart from the accepted solid, liquid, and gas, and that it has important properties, especially in biological systems.
But his work remains controversial. “Most regular people pretended it didn’t exist,” Pollack said in a recent YouTube interview.
Richards explains that the devices basically increase what he calls the “skin” of water – essentially the same property of water that creates a meniscus in a glass. He thinks it’s a quality that rainwater naturally has in abundance but is lost in the ground or in borehole water used for irrigation.
“We’re not there yet at peer review, and there’s a very good economic reason,” says Richards.
“Universities basically rip you off the amount of money they need to do the job, and they also keep the patents and intellectual property.”
However, they say the proof is in the results.
One satisfied customer is Barry Tull, a farmer from Waikuku, who says a HydroBoost device has dramatically improved the water quality in his home.
Tull, 90, who has lived in the neighborhood all his life and 30 years on his current block, told Dairy News that over the years his home supply first used a well which ‘became putrid’ apparently from the leaching of an old wool wash onto the block, then rainwater (although it hasn’t always sufficed his needs) and, for the past eight or nine years, a dip pipe from his main irrigation borehole.
However, this water has such a high iron content that it has battled a serious rust and sediment problem, he says.
“If you haven’t run the bath for a fortnight or three weeks straight, when you first turn on the cold water tap at the bottom of the bath, it would be like a cup of tea without milk for about four minutes before it clears up.”
Tull says the problem has gone away since a HydroBoost device was installed in his concrete storage tank.
“There’s no doubt about it, it definitely made the water better.”
Dennis says test results show the observed iron content dropped by 95% while manganese decreased by 92% over a four-month period.
“The result was unexpected for the customer but not for HydroBoost, where this type of result was observed at a number of sites with water with high iron and manganese concentrations.”
Dennis says high iron or manganese content in the drill water can cause pivots to rust, while high iron content spread over paddocks can create copper deficiency.
And with the Three Waters reforms coming, some farmers are facing bills of up to $20,000 to have clean water put on their properties by the local council.