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On farm plant scrubs chemicals out of water
How do you safely and legally dispose of leftover spray material or wash water with-out contaminating soil and underground water?
In the not-too-distant future, stricter disposal regulations will most likely mandate that you run the spray material through a filtering system, allowing the cleaned left-over water to be safely returned to the soil.
ICI Americas, headquartered in England, has developed a small-scale plant, called the Sentinel, that some farmers, chemical dealers and custom operators are already using to "scrub" chemicals out of left-over crop spraying liquids, and certain other agricultural chemicals, such as livestock dip. Five of the units have been shipped to the U.S. and are being tested and evaluated at scattered locations, reports Gerald Quinn, marketing director for ICI Americas in the U.S.
The Sentinel filtering plant treats left-over spray material in batches of about 265 gal. Material is poured into a holding tank, then treated when the tank is full. It gravity flows through a sand filter and two carbon filters. Cleaned water can be returned to the ground via an approved soil "soak away," leaving only 6 to 8 pounds of sludge to be taken to an approved disposal facility.
Quinn says retail cost of the Sentinel treatment plant (portable or stationary) will probably be about $10,000.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, ICI Americas, Gerald Quinn, Marketing Director, Wilmington, Del. 19897 (ph 1 800 759-4500).


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