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Magnation on Twitter

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Dear Water Users,

Magnation is making the rounds on Twitter.  You too can save water and improve water productivity like Dean Piller Superintendent at Cordova Bay Golf Course.

Click to hear Dean’s interview on CBCVictoria  B.C with views of the golf course with 50% drop in wetting agents.

https://soundcloud.com/cbcvictoria/dean-piller-explains-how-a-magnet-can

For more information on how to improve water productivity and reduce your operational costs by 30%, improve soil and turf health every time you turn on your sprinklers please tweet @MagnationWater.

Bakersfield Parks & Rec Mesa Marin Sports Park Test

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

On July 2nd, Jerry Todd met Parks & Rec staff led by Supervisor Frank Hinojosa to install a 1” Magnation unit. The site was selected as their “worst case scenario” of very clayey soil.

  1. We attempted to take core samples and found the City’s nor my coring tools could penetrate the clayey soil. We finally got one core in a moist area near a leak.
  2. Root depth – approx. 2”
  3. We were able to turn over sod to check the turf from under the surface.
  4. They selected the landscaped traffic circle for the area to test.
  5. Comparable site is across the driveway, but fed from another line.
  6. The unit was installed in the valve box for visibility and easy access.
  7. I received a signed receipt for the unit and copied Department Head Darin Budak with the quoted price.
We’ll monitor the site weekly through 9/2 and keep you updated as the test progresses!

Cordova Bay Golf Course Results

Friday, June 27th, 2014

A respected superintendent of  Cordova Bay Golf Course, Dean Piller has provided pictures of the course.  He attributes the visible results he is achieving on his greens to Magnation’s water system which was recently installed. “Our third fairway is showing very even moisture.  This [was] not typical before installation of Magnation’s RainBolt.”

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More Turf with Less Water

Friday, June 27th, 2014

According to the Bay Area News Group, due to the drought in California, many golf courses are being forced to cut their water use—some by as much as 50%. Imagine cutting down water use and still be able to have a uniformly green course. Magnation products do exactly that. Click here to read a current research report from Olds College which confirms Magnation reduced water consumption by 20% without loss in turf quality. As the summer heats up and water restrictions tighten, give Magnation a chance. We offer a money-back guarantee. Please call to inquire. 888 830 0363

 

Fall 2012 Drought Update for Farming & Energy Industries

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Drastically reduced rainfall and triple-digit temperatures throughout much of the nation have damaged corn and other crops, which will have significant impacts on supplies and prices for animal feed, livestock, meat and dairy products, and processed grain products, including ethanol. The drought has also disrupted the transportation of some commodities, such as petroleum and coal, that are delivered by barges on the Mississippi River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reported groundings of traffic along the Mississippi River due to low water depths, and NOAA has stated that portions of the Mississippi River south of Memphis are below the 1988 low-water level. Droughts can also create reliability concerns for electric power plants. Increased temperatures drive demand for electricity to cool homes and businesses, but lower water levels can affect the operation of many thermoelectric power plants.

The U.S. Drought Monitor, a joint publication of USDA and NOAA, is currently reporting that large areas of the Midwest and Great Plains regions are experiencing significant drought conditions. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC), integrating Drought Monitor data with weather forecasting, is predicting that the drought conditions will remain mostly unchanged through the end of November.

Published by Independent Statistics & Analysis US Energy Information Administration

Freshwater in rivers is projected to decline by as much as 30%… Demand will also increase.

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Rivers are the only renewable supply of freshwater in the Southwest, including California and six other states dependant on Colorado River water. These seven basin states appropriate the equivalent of 76% of the flow of all rivers in the Southwest, and many of them run dry. Add to this climate change. The freshwater in rivers is projected to decline by as much as 30% over the next 50 to 90 years. Demand will also increase. California’s population is expected to reach 60 million by 2050, a 1.5-fold increase in 50 years.

Read more: http://opinion.latimes.com/opinionla/2011/09/californias-water-wars-present-difficult-lifestyle-choices-blowback.html

 

Please note the opinions stated in this article do not represent Omni Enviro LLC or Magnation Corp.

California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply Recommendations

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
Agriculture Water Stewardship

Agriculture Water Stewardship


“Moving water is the most complex and artful thing we do as farmers.”
–Danny Merkley


Synopsis

California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply Recommendations to shift thinking and spur appropriate action to balance the water needs of both farms and aquatic ecosystems.


Recommendations

1. Create a Stronger Knowledge Base

2. Improve Support Mechanisms for Growers

3. Move Toward Outcome- Based Policy and Regulatory Frameworks that Foster Agricultural Water Stewardship

Read entire Report


Agricultural Water Stewardship Definition

The agricultural use of water in a manner that optimizes agricultural water use while addressing the co-benefits of water for food production, the environment, and human health. Agricultural water stewardship is premised on the notion that water management decisions cannot be made in isolation of the ecological, social, and economic context. It emphasizes whole-farm, place-based approaches that recognize the role of agriculture in the local watershed, and of local biogeographical conditions such as soil type, soil ecology, topography, and terrestrial and aquatic ecology in water management decisions.


Sidenote

Nearly a quarter of farmers surveyed by the Agricultural Water Management Council said that lack of technical assistance limited their ability to implement water conservation practices. Magnation offers free information on how the H2O Energizer can be beneficial to your Farm, as well as Home and Garden.

 

60 percent of all the world’s freshwater withdrawals go towards irrigation uses

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Think of what your supper table might be like if water was not used to irrigate crops. Do you think you could survive very long without heaping servings of eggplant, beets, brussels sprouts, and rutabagas? Irrigation water is essential for keeping fruits, vegetables, and grains growing to feed the world’s population, and this has been a constant for thousands of years.

Throughout the world, irrigation (water for agriculture, or growing crops) is probably the most important use of water (except for drinking and washing a smelly dog, perhaps). Almost 60 percent of all the world’s freshwater withdrawals go towards irrigation uses. Large-scale farming could not provide food for the world’s large populations without the irrigation of crop fields by water gotten from rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and wells. Without irrigation, crops could never be grown in the deserts of California, Israel, or my tomato patch.

Irrigation has been around for as long as humans have been cultivating plants. Man’s first invention after he learned how to grow plants from seeds was probably a bucket. Ancient people must have had strong backs from having to haul buckets full of water to pour on their first plants. Pouring water on fields is still a common irrigation method today—but other, more efficient and mechanized methods are also used. One of the more popular mechanized methods is the center-pivot irrigation system, which uses moving spray guns or dripping faucet heads on wheeled tubes that pivot around a central source of water. The fields irrigated by these systems are easily seen from the air as green circles. There are many more irrigation techniques farmers use today, since there is always a need to find more efficient ways to use water for irrigation

When we use water in our home, or when an industry uses water, about 90 percent of the water used is eventually returned to the environment where it replenishes water sources (water goes back into a stream or down into the ground) and can be used for other purposes. But of the water used for irrigation, only about one-half is reusable. The rest is lost by evaporation into the air, evapotranspiration from plants, or is lost in transit, by a leaking pipe, for example.

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US orders more testing of chromium-6 in tap water

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Environmental Protection Agency has asked local US communities to test more carefully for hexavalent chromium, a probable carcinogen.

After preliminary health studies, the EPA opted Wednesday to class the chemical known as chromium-6 as one likely to cause cancer in humans when ingested over the course of a lifetime.

It adopted a rule of a maximum 0.1 milligrams per liter (100 parts per billion), and urged managers of water systems with their source in ground water be tested two times a year, versus four times a year for systems with surface water sources.

“EPA’s latest data show that no public water systems are in violation of the standard,” the agency said in a statement.

Still, a private US environmental group has found that drinking water in many American cities contains hexavalent chromium, The Washington Post reported last month.

The study by the Environmental Working Group — the first nationwide analysis measuring the presence of the chemical in US water systems — found hexavalent chromium in the tap water of 31 out of 35 cities sampled.

Of those, 25 had levels that exceeded the goal proposed in California, which has been aggressively trying to reduce the chemical in its water supply.

Hexavalent chromium has long been known to cause lung cancer when inhaled, and scientists recently found evidence that it causes cancer in laboratory animals when ingested. It has been linked to liver and kidney damage in animals, as well as leukemia, stomach cancer and other cancers.

A widely used industrial chemical until the early 1990s, hexavalent chromium is still used in some industries, including chrome plating and the manufacturing of plastics and dyes. The chemical can also leach into groundwater from natural ores.

The chemical compound was first made famous in the hit 2000 Hollywood movie “Erin Brockovich” about the eponymous environmental crusader.

-Yahoo! News blog

Water Problems in China

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Environmental Degradation

Water pollution and water shortages pose the most serious problems. They cause health ailments, damage agriculture, jam up hydroelectric dams, interfere with manufacturing and limit urbanization. As aquifers dry up, soil erodes, turning an area the size of Connecticut to desert every year. The resulting dust storms add to the country’s already horrendous air pollution. Beijing’s preferred solution to the problem is a massive south-to-north river diversion project. Odds are, that will make matters worse, draining water from already overtaxed southern supplies.