All growers beware of the fire marshals and state inspectors entering facilities asking about your water waste. The water you are using for hydroponics is considered hazardous until proven otherwise. Disposing hazardous materials is a serious matter. We can help. We have a sophisticated team that performs evaluations, testing and disposals for you. We recycle water our location, not your facility.
The drought has motivated California to invest $1 billion in new money on water recycling efforts statewide, a much more cost-efficient way of increasing potable water supplies.
It has become a common practice for many hydroponic enthusiasts, hobbyists and even commercial growers to dispose of the nutrient solutions they have that "are not adequate anymore" by throwing them down the drain. Most of them are not aware than hydroponic solutions are environmentally contaminating. Hydroponic solutions contain all the basic nutrients necessary for the development of photosynthetic organism. This of course, means that hydroponic solutions are the ideal source of nutrients for algae growth. When they are disposed of down the drain, the solutions cause algae blooms which are terrible for the environment because when algae populations dye massively, they deprive water of oxygen and cause the death of aquatic organism.
The fertilizer solutions in hydroponics are concocted from a myriad of chemicals derived from ammonium molybdate, ammonium phosphate, calcium nitrate, cobalt sulfate, copper sulfate, iron DTPA, magnesium sulfate, manganese sulfate, potassium borate, potassium nitrate, potassium phosphate, and zinc sulfate. Nitrates convert to nitrosamines, which have been shown to cause tumors in laboratory animals. Nitrate-contaminated water is also linked to reproductive problems, urinary and kidney disorders, and bladder and ovarian cancer. Besides seriously depleting the nutritional content of food, direct contact or exposure to synthetic chemical fertilizers can kill infants or cause health problems in many adults. Studies show exposure can increased risk of cancer and other health problems.
A 1996 research project studied cancer rates among over 600 people. Brain cancer overall showed a two-fold increase risk for people living within the 2600-foot distance of an agricultural area. An astounding 6.7-fold increased risk was found for the brain cancer type known as astrocytoma. All this because agricultural waste water was being discarded and not recycled.
Farmers Waste Services can help. We have a sophisticated team that performs evaluations, testing and disposals for you. Call today for FWS to pick-up your water waste!