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MS Schippers has unveiled commercial water cleaning product Di-O-Clean with an aim to combat viruses including African Swine Fever (ASF)
According to the laboratory test results, pathogens do not survive treatment with the product, thus making the product effective weapon against the ASF outbreaks.
The Di-O-Clean product is being used for a long time in livestock farming for cleaning and disinfecting water systems. In practice, this is done in two ways: one-off in a high concentration in order to thoroughly clean contaminated systems and continuously in a low concentration as maintenance treatment in drinking water. The latter is used to keep the system clean and germ-free.
According to the company, the product removes the biofilm in the water pipe and prevents the formation of it. It further tackles other contaminants such as iron and manganese deposits, without affecting the taste or odour of the water or creating unfavourable by-products.
Recent research by the German research institute Labour Enders has shown that it is effective against pathogens including viruses such as ASF.
According to Guus Verhaag, water product specialist at Summit Water Systems, bacteria and viruses can easily be brought in via water in case alternative water sources are being used. “Providing the right barriers and measures is then necessary.”
Verhaag sees that there is still plenty of potential for improvement in the area of water quality. “Many farmers do not realise that 80 per cent of the diseases can spread via the drinking water system.” As a result, all animals are in indirect contact with each other.
Di-O-Clean is part of the Total Water Care Concept. In this concept, the water quality from the source to the water basin is being improved. It consists of a dosing pump consisting of a water meter that ensures automatic cleaning and disinfection in the right dosage of the product. The Total Water Care Concept ensures an effective and constantly clean drinking water supply.