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Moisture retention went up 251% with 50% less water

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Moisture Retention up 251%

In the Fruitvale School District, located in northwest Bakersfield, California, Brian Prine has been Director of Maintenance, Operations and Transportation, for almost 11 years. Brian oversees the irrigation of six different campuses in this region. When state requirements forced him to cut his watering time from 6 days a week to 3 days a week, the results were soon evident. The turf on some of the grounds and fields turned brown and, in localized areas, disappeared altogether.  One of the campuses, the Discovery Elementary School, was particularly troublesome. The soil there was clay-based and the lack of water was slowly turning the ground to brick.

Before the drought restrictions were imposed, Prine used to water the grounds 6 days a week in the summer. Now, he is limited to 3 days of watering per week.  “I can’t increase my watering,” said Prine. “And because my campus is so big, I need the full watering time allotted to me. So I had to find a solution that could keep the soil and turf healthy, using half as much water.” However, after doing some research, Prine was hard-pressed to find a solution that was within his budget. “I could use a ‘liquid gypsum’ product on the grounds that has been known to work. But the cost was beyond what my budget allowed. The cost of one year’s worth of applications would be $7,860, and that’s not even considering the added expenses of of time and labor needed to apply the wetting agent about every other month.”

Prine also heard about a water treatment product from a company called Magnation Water Technologies, which claimed to save water, support healthy soil and grass and eliminate the need for wetting agents. Figuring that it was worth a try, he put Magnation to the test on his most problematic campus. He found that the Magnation system could easily be integrated with his existing irrigation set-up at the Discovery School. The company claimed that the product can last for as long as 15 years without needing replacement. The cost?  $3400.  Compared to the $7860 for one application of a wetting solution that would only cover one year, it was well worth the trial, according to Prine.

Read the article here

Love Almonds!

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

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The Annual Almond Board Conference, held in Sacramento, CA every December is one of Magnation’s reminders the holidays are here. Our company has been exhibiting since 2009, and have gained a great deal of traction in the nuts industry (yes, it’s easier when you’re nutty yourself).

The conversation lends itself towards water quality & salinity, soil health and of course water conservation without damaging yield productivity.

What is inspiring is that data shows almond growers have steadily improved their water efficiency by 33% over the last 30 years for every pound of almonds grown today! 

One of the ubiquitous issues almond farmers deal with is WATER QUALITY. “Treating the water is extremely important for getting results in farming. Some water is totally unacceptable to plants. Some water is so hard that you have to be very specific where you put it or you’re not going to get good results. Almonds arevery sensitive to water that has certain elements in it. Treating the water with Magnation addresses that problem.” says Chuck Dees, California-based irrigation consultant of 18,000 acres of fruits, vegetables and nuts.
 
WATER CONSERVATION is on everybody’s mind. “I’d say with Magnation you will likely get better results with less water than you would normally have to use. For instance, instead of using 1.000 acre foot of water to produce a certain crop,you would only need to use .950 ac/ft. That’s asignificant savings! Sometimes water costs as much as $2,000 per ac/ft. So if you can save 50 acre feet,then there’s a $100,000 savings in water alone.We know we’ve saved water and money using Magnation’s water systems.”

LESS CHEMICALS is a benefit a grower just can’t ignore. “Where I’ve seen the most benefit is in tree health,” says Mike Etchegoinberry, a Fresno, California almond grower. “Compared to the average grower in this area, my need to spray for bugs is a lot less. I speak to other growers around here and I know that they’re using insecticides much more than I do. I know my tress are a lot healthier than others around here; everyone who stops by, comments on how good the trees look. We’re all caring for our trees the same way, but the difference the other growers aren’t using Magnation.”

Read the article here…  “In Defense of Almonds— Growers are finding ways to produce healthy trees, reduce the use of pesticides and save water, despite the drought”.

Road Trip around The Netherlands, Land of Water Technologies

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

It is a known fact that The Netherlands has a long and successful history of implementing forward-thinking water technologies. It was out of necessity—growing food and supporting life—that more land was created by moving the ocean over a bit to accommodate this quest for survival and thriving. This visionary clan of water engineers and scientists seem to have contributed to a ubiquitous presence around the planet. It may be of no coincidence that many of the distributors around the world that have aligned with Magnation Water Technologies are also Dutch.

Magnation’s CEO, Mike Jenzeh, happens to be en route to Hannover, Germany this week to exhibit the world’s largest agricultural machinery and equipment show: Agritechnica. While spending a few days in the motherland of water technologies with our European distributor, Piet Regnerus of Magliv Corporation, Mike and Piet had the fantastic opportunity to visit with several early adopter customers of Magnation’s water-intelligent technologies.

Check out some of these great images of professional soccer clubs using Magnation’s systems—PSV Eindhoven and and SC Heerenveen. The Philips Stadion is a soccer stadium in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and is the home of PSV (Philips Sport Vereniging). With a capacity of 35,000, it is the third-largest football stadium in the country.

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Also the soccer club SC Heerenveen in Friesland demonstrates its leadership in adopting Magnation’s turf-boosting clean and green technology for superior turf.

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In addition to supporting the health and vitality of sports turf in The Netherlands, Magnation systems can also be found keeping golf courses green and thriving. One extremely visible example of Magnation at work can be found at the highly reputable and elite Golf club, The International, near Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. The renowned course has been using Magnation systems for the past year with excellent results and data to prove it.

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According to Ron le Boulanger, who in collaboration with head greens-keeper Nico Burns, has conducted the data testing of the turf at The International course,  “When I was first told about magnetized spraying fluid for better leaf coverage and faster absorption, I didn’t believe it. But after testing it, it was all clear to me. Magnation’s Drift Control really works fabulously! The boom side with treated spraying fluid had a 10-15cm wider spraying pattern than the control side of the boom. Also, absorption was visibly faster with Drift Control. Drift Control can save us pesticide costs and lower the environmental damage.”

This visual comparison of their golf course says it all:

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Magnation is currently in the process of helping The International get “Geo certification”—An an eco type of certification in The Netherlands for reducing Co2 omissions and toxic inputs such as fungicides.

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Moving over into the agriculture realm, Mike and Piet met with Wim Gresnigt, managing director of Seasun, a leading greenhouse producer of tomatoes and paprika. Seasun, located in Kapelle in Zeeland, in the southwest domain of The Netherlands, has a greenhouse facility of over 50 hectares. After testing Magnation’s water system using a tds and ec meter, results were as follows:

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EC 5.24 treated with Magnation 5.37

According to Wim, Magnation reduces the amount of fertilizer needed.

 

More updates to come… stay tuned! Read more about our technology here.

 

 

Keeping School Grounds and Sports Fields Alive During Times of Drought

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Landscape Managers Find a Cost-Effective Way of Treating Water and Saving Recreational Areas

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It’s widely known that the serious drought conditions in California and other western states have taken a critical toll on the agriculture industry. But did you know that many K-12 schools and universities throughout these regions have had to drastically curtail – and in some cases, eliminate — their outdoor sports activities due to the sustained lack of rainfall? In Santa Cruz, California, restrictions were imposed on all residents and businesses starting in 2014, in order to cut overall usage by 25% (in June of the same year it became a statewide mandate). Businesses and organizations with large landscaped sites, including schools and city parks using outdoor irrigation systems, were required to limit themselves to one-third of the water that was needed to maintain their gardens, lawns or fields. As a result, fields were closed at UC Santa Cruz as well as local high schools. Athletic programs were put on hold. This may sound like an extreme scenario, but it is far from being an isolated case. Throughout California and other drought-ravaged states, the dwindling supplies of water for landscape purposes is responsible for the closure of parks, golf courses, playgrounds and sports fields.

Aesthetics aren’t the only thing at risk when restrictions are imposed on landscaped grounds. When outdoor school and recreational areas are not adequately watered, the ground becomes rock hard and for those playing soccer or football, or even children playing at recess outside of their elementary schools, the results of falling on such hard ground can be injurious. For this reason, parks, recreation and grounds superintendents and maintenance managers are clamoring for solutions that will allow them to make their limited irrigation water go further. The following report highlights one such solution that is not only rescuing landscaped areas, but is also saving groundskeepers a substantial amount of money by eliminating the cost and labor of using wetting agents.

The Discovery School, Bakersfield, CA

In the Fruitvale School District, located in northwest Bakersfield, California, Brian Prine has been Director of Maintenance, Operations and Transportation, for almost 11 years. Brian oversees the irrigation of six different campuses in this region. When state requirements forced him to cut his watering time from 6 days a week to 3 days a week, the results were soon evident. The turf on some of the grounds and fields turned brown and, in localized areas, disappeared altogether. One of the campuses, the Discovery Elementary School, was particularly troublesome. The soil there was clay-based and the lack of water was slowly turning the ground to brick.

Before the drought restrictions were imposed, Prine used to water the grounds 6 days a week in the summer. Now, he is limited to 3 days of watering per week. “I can’t increase my watering,” said Prine. “And because my campus is so big, I need the full watering time allotted to me. So I had to find a solution that could keep the soil and turf healthy, using half as much water.” However, after doing some research, Prine was hard-pressed to find a solution that was within his budget. “I could use a ‘liquid gypsum’ product on the grounds that has been known to work. But the cost was beyond what my budget allowed. The cost of one year’s worth of applications would be $7,860, and that’s not even considering the added expenses of of time and labor needed to apply the wetting agent about every other month.” Prine also heard about a water treatment product from a company called Magnation Water Technologies, which claimed to save water, support healthy soil and grass and eliminate the need for wetting agents. Figuring that it was worth a try, he put Magnation to the test on his most problematic campus. He found that the Magnation system could easily be integrated with his existing irrigation set-up at the Discovery School. The company claimed that the product can last for as long as 15 years without needing replacement. The cost? $3400. Compared to the $7860 for one application of a wetting solution that would only cover one year, it was well worth the trial, according to Prine.

The rewards of trying something new

It’s now autumn in Bakersfield, CA. And just in time for the return of students to the Discovery School, the grounds are today healthy and looking good. To ascertain just how well this new irrigation treatment is working, Prine and his crew take monthly samples from different outdoor locations around the school. After only using Magnation for several months, the results of the tests are impressive (see charts below). The sod roots in September were more than twice as long as they were in July, and the average ground moisture extended almost three times deeper from July to September. According to Prine, “It’s clear to me that this product is doing what I was told it was going to. We have restored our soil and turf back to a healthy condition using half as much water, with the Magnation product. And it’s much more time- and cost-effective than using any type of wetting agent to try to get similar results. The product is already paying for itself after only several months.”

Turf and Soil Tests Done at Discovery School, Fruitvale School District

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Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO

To verify the results that Prine experienced at the Discovery School, we traveled to a completely different location to investigate another recent customer of this seemingly incredible water treatment system. Commerce City, Colorado is home to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, also known as DSG Park, a soccer-specific stadium that hosts the Colorado Rapids professional soccer team. In addition to the stadium, DSG Park offers 25 soccer fields; 23 of them use natural grass that must be consistently maintained and kept healthy. Phil McQuade, the current Director of Turf at DSG Park and Stadium, has been employed by the complex since it opened in 2007, and was looking for a solution to help maintain healthy coverage on these fields.

“We’re located in a particularly high-wind area and because of this we often experience dry spots in the turf. Since people who use these fields expect the grounds to be in top shape, we needed to find a sustainable solution to this problem.” McQuade discovered the Magnation products at a local trade show and decided to experiment. “Surrounding the stadium, we have four pods with six fields in each pod. These fields are regularly used for soccer, lacrosse, football, you name it. We decided to test out the product by installing a Magnation unit in the irrigation system to just one of our pods. That was in April of this year, and now we (myself, my assistant and our irrigation consultant) are definitely seeing a reduction of dry spots. Not only have the areas of dryness shrunk, but the turf is now coming in thicker.”

Convinced by the tangible results they got on these six fields, McQuade just purchased an additional unit to install for another pod of fields. “We think there is a definite benefit to using this water treatment,” said McQuade. “We’re also testing an area inside the large stadium; a couple of berms that are south-facing and right by a building. They are constantly being baked by sunlight all day. So we wanted to see what would happen if we put Magnation on the irrigation heads in that section.” McQuade and his colleagues installed Magnation on one side of this problematic section, but not on the other, and again found evidence of how well this treatment worked. McQuade sums it up by saying, “Everything being equal on both sides, the one side treated with Magnation appeared to have less dry patches and the turf was denser. I honestly believe that the Magnation treatment helps water penetrate the soil and therefore we’re getting deeper roots and healthier turf.”

Challenging the status quo

With such compelling testimonies from the users of this unique water treatment system, one can’t help but be curious why – especially during these times of severe drought conditions – Magnation has not yet gained a higher level of ubiquity. According to Mike Jenzeh, the co-founder and CEO of the Oakland, CA-based company, “Change happens gradually, especially with products that are disrupting the status quo of the way things have been done for decades. But, when you have something that is proven to work again and again in a variety of applications; when the evidence collected from hands-on experience by agricultural experts, landscape managers, golf superintendents and the like, becomes undeniable, then people are more willing to give it a try. We’re not quite at the tipping point yet, but word is spreading fast and more and more people are turning to us. We have demonstrated that we can help a wide range of water issues, and the proof is in the results.”

Although this “different” way of addressing landscape and agricultural irrigation problems is finally gaining recognition, Magnation is a David among many Goliaths in the water treatment industry. However, if you recall the outcome of that ancient confrontation, it’s not too much of a stretch to imagine that, with such a demonstrable method of tackling BIG irrigation problems during desperate times, Magnation has just the right slingshot for saving water and helping to save our gardens, parks and recreation areas.

How Magnation’s Innovative Water Systems Help Organic Growers with a Variety of Challenges

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Magnation-For-Organic-FarmingIn spite of the worst drought California has seen in centuries, statistics from the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) organization, indicate that organic farming is currently booming in the Golden State, with a significant increase in certified organic farms over the past several years. Since 2010, the CCOF has expanded by over 1.5 million acres—that’s 2,343 square miles—of certified organic land.

How organic growers are not only weathering this water crisis, but also thriving during this time, is worth some exploration. Part of the answer lies with the alternative farming methods that organic growers employ. Using heavy mulches to reduce evaporation from the soil surface, better soil contouring, which reduces unintended runoff and also helps reduce erosion, and the use of artificial swales, (small depressions in the land designed to capture runoff and increase water infiltration) are some of the procedures used in organic farming to lessen the amount of water needed to grow healthy crops.

But in addition to these inventive organic farming methods, an increasing number of farmers are integrating a simple, innovative, non-chemical water treatment solution with their irrigation systems. It reduces the amount of water needed, helps keep moisture levels high in soil, and enhances the health and vitality of crops. According to the growers, themselves, this method of treating irrigation water is extremely effective in addressing a variety of issues that are challenging conventional and organic farmers. The solution is called Magnation Water Technologies.

 Read More Here!

S. Central Nebraska Farmer gets Increased Bushels; Interview on KRVN

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Husker Harvest Days from 2012 was when Lee Fintel discovered Magnation. Since then he’s done his due diligence prior to purchasing the water systems, he’s implemented our technology and conducted controlled study’s between fields, collected data, and now speaks his confidence on this 8-minute KRVN interview. Listen to it here.

He’s improved water availability to plant by 20%, seen how Magnation unlocks the nutrients from his fertilizers and increased his bushels. Efficient, easy to install, water-conservation-minded, Fintel is happy to share his story with Magnation.

Visit Us! Husker Harvest Days, Booth 1525

 

Read his Case Study here

 

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Case Study: Growing Potatoes in Idaho … with the help of Magnation Water Treatment

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Potatoes are the leading vegetable crop in the United States.  And although potatoes are commercially grown in 30 states, Idaho leads the U.S. in potato farming, accounting for roughly one-third of the U.S. potato crop. Every spring Idaho farmers plant over 320,000 acres of potatoes that supply a variety of different markets ranging from seed to fresh to processing. About 60 percent of Idaho’s potato crop is processed into French fries, tater tots and other fried products, or dehydrated into chips, flakes and various other forms. Statewide, the crop is valued at between $550 million and $700 million per year. Because Idaho farmers need to spend approximately $2,500 to produce just one acre of potatoes, it’s no wonder that they are continually looking for innovative methods of cultivating their precious commodity so that they can get the most for their money.

Read the Case Study here

Certified Crop Advisor, Greg Baker endorses Magnation

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

Greg Baker, certified crop advisor in Northern California endorses the effectiveness of Magnation Water Technologies for water quality (pH, TDS, bicarbonates, Sodium Absorption Ratios [SARs]) and water penetration that Magnation Water resolves. Baker explains Magnation helps do more with less, as well as achieve higher yields and better quality crops with Magnation. The price point and manufacturer’s warranty features are risk-free qualities that are hard to ignore.

Watch here

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Seed Maximizer™ Promotes Better Root Structure, Better Yields

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
Magnation unit testing by Scott Borman and Green Valley Farms, Harvest Year: 2014
 
Mike,
I am writing this to let you know the testing results of the magnation unit.  I put a 6″ flanged Magnation unit on the bottom of a trash can and ran our corn seed and soybean seed through the unit right before it went into the planter.  Here are the results of my findings.  
 
Corn:  I didn’t see any difference in emergence time, but  I did notice the plants on the 8 treated rows were a little taller.  During the growing season we would scout the field and see if I noticed any difference.  Didn’t notice much difference through the growing season, but when you get 30″ plus of rain it’s pretty hard to see a difference out there.
 
In doing some root digs in various spots on this 80 acre piece of ground I noticed that the root mass was bigger on the seed that was magnetized compared to the one that wasn’t.  Lets fast forward to harvest.  Picked 8 rows of treated seed and weighed it and picked 8 rows of non-treated.  We picked up a little shy of 1/2 a bushel and acre just by running the seed through the Magnation unit.  This was not just in one spot of the field.  We checked multiple times and we were right in that 1/2 bushel an acre increase.  I also noticed the stalk quality was better on the treated plant than the untreated.  
 
So in my conclusion on running corn seed through Magnation’s units is this…  If you have purchased a unit for irrigation, you just as well utilize it on your seed to get more bang for your buck and have healthier plants.
 
Soybeans:  We treated the soybeans the same.  Ran one box through the Magnation unit and just dumped one box into the planter.  Side by side on about 95 acres.  My planter operator didn’t flag where he started at, so test was kind of non-determined.  But, the neighbor who bought a Magnation unit ran his soybeans through the Magnation unit and did a side by side.  Pulled some plants and noticed more root nodules than the untreated seed.  Probably double than the untreated.  This brings us to harvest.  There was a 3.3 bushels to the acre increase just by running the soybean seed through the Magnation unit.
 
Sprayer:  I put a 2″ unit on my John Deere sprayer. Sprayed my 32% on the corn ground, sprayed a pre-emerge on the beans. Sprayed my herbicide and glyphosate on the corn when it was 6″ tall. Then sprayed beans with glyphosate and foliar blend. Results are this: There are a lot of variables in spraying… wind, heat, humidity and water.  I mixed no ams [ammonium sulfate] in my spray and noticed the best weed control I have seen.  I sprayed some Volunteer corn on a Friday at 12 in the afternoon and by 9 am the next day it was turning silver and dying—a positive thing when it happens so quickly.  Also when spraying I noticed the tank mix that I was spraying wasn’t drifting.  I could run faster with more pressure less drift covering more acres.”
 
Thanks for a great product to help increase my bottom line on our farming operation.  Cannot wait to do some more experiments with it this next year.
 
Thanks again,
Scott Borman
 
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Another Nebraska Farmer writes:
 
“Our results have been remarkable. Where we installed the Magnation unit, the corn out-yielded our other irrigated corn but used 30% less irrigation water. The corn was 11% better than that fields previous best yield, there was noticeably better uniformity across the sprinklers on the pivot, and our pumping costs were lower. ”  ~ Lee Fintel, Superior, NE
 
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The map above is a yield map taken from Mr. Fintel’s combine monitor in Superior, Nebraska. The red box indicates where the testing took place, at a diagonal angle to assure the data was specific to this test. Every other row was treated with Magnation’s Seed Maximizer. 6.29 acres was treated, and 6.29 acres was untreated. The green is the higher yield, the yellow the lower yield. Untreated seeds yielded 55.1 bushels an acre. The Magnation-treated seeds yielded 58.58 bushels an acre. Magnation boosted 3.48 extra bushels per acre. Currently soybeans are $9.50 a bushel, earning an extra $33.06 an acre.
 
 
 

California Orders Unprecedented, Mandatory Water Cuts

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

 

Latest electronic measurements from California’s Department of Water Resources show the mountain snow water equivalent at a record low of 5%. As the snow is needed to help replenish reservoirs, state and federal officials have sharply curtailed supplies to farmers and other users.

Meanwhile, cities and water agencies have instituted strict conservation measures while Gov. Jerry Brown ordered statewide mandatory cuts for the first time ever last week.Drought-Progress-CA-2011-2015_600pix

For residential users, landscape irrigators, Magnation’s chemical-free, energy-free and maintenance-free water-saving systems are installed at the incoming main line to treat all the water to your home and garden. Save 20% water in your garden, while using less chemicals and detergents to keep your home clean and healthy. Reduce hard water residue on your shower doors, walls, toilets and sinks—and get rid of your softener. Healthier, more productive water for the entire family and property.

The Bolt H2O™ Home Unit softens hard water without salts. Improve the ability of water to dissolve waste and other compounds. This highly efficient water replaces the needs for expensive and inconvenient salt softeners (which are also destructive to our environment), helps reduce cleaning detergents by 30%, extend the life of your plumbing and hardware, and reduces buildup.

Benefits throughout your home include:

• Reduces water use 20% for irrigation and enhances the benefits for lawns, vegetable gardens, flower beds, and all plants and trees 
• Improve taste of water, food and beverages made with treated water
• Softens entire water system without chemicals or maintenance!
• Cuts detergent use in half by increasing dissolvability
• Reduces discharge of chemicals into the environment
• Reduces need for shampoo, soaps and cleaners
• Less residue on shower screens, floor & walls
• Less scale buildup in pipes and shower heads
• Water efficiency for cooking and cleaning
• Cuts the need for fertilizers 10-30%.
• Softer skin and hair!

Available in 3/4″ and 1″ diameters in Anodized Aluminum or Stainless Steel.

Easy to use, Magnation’s Bolt H2O™ Home Unit and the mobile, clamp-on SpringBolt™ help and have been used for hard water control for over 60 years. Since 2008, Magnation’s water systems have been helping people cut water use, improve water quality, and help reduce environmental pollution. Enjoy the benefits for 10 or more years. Comes with a 7-year limited manufacturer’s warranty.

“We like it. It makes our skin softer. And makes our grass grow faster and greener. And the water tastes better. Our dish water runs better and we use less soap.”
~ Steven J. Bishop, Blackfoot, ID

“I put one of the Magnation units on my domestic well. I was amazed at its ability to eliminate my hard water deposits and the stains on my faucets are gone. I am very well pleased with the outcome.”
– Dean Johnson, Kimberly, ID

“Our water tastes better, and our plants are looking good around the house. We’re recommending it to our son who farms.”
~ Glenda and Earl Berlier, Lakin, KS

“After installing the Magnation System we haven’t had to put salt in our softener at home and our laundry is coming out cleaner than when were running the softener.”
~ Lyle Nunnenkamp, Sutton, NE

“I like what I’m seeing at home, with removal of scale in the pipes and what the Magnation unit is doing with our water hardness. I’m putting it on my pivot.”
~ Steve Nelson, Sloan, IA

For golf courses especially, easy water penetration into your impacted soils, and a minimum of 20% water-savings have been proven in University trials and golf courses alike, endorsed by Superintendents. Read more here.

Read more about California’s drought and mandatory water cuts.