Marijuana, or cannabis plants love H2O: pure water! However, many contaminants, including bacteria, suspended or dissolved solids, iron, tannin, manganese and a number of other contaminants can dramatically affect your crop. Pure water is hard to find in nature. The experienced and profitable marijuana grower knows this and understands how important water quality is in producing the best quality product, faster and more profitably.
Depending upon where you live, the water usually contains significant level of total dissolved solids (TDS). TDS measures the sodium, calcium, magnesium, chloride, sulfate, carbonate and bicarbonate – some of these minerals are actually good for plants, but again, the wise grower knows that if there are significant amounts of TDS in the water (usually over 150 ppm), it is best to remove it first. The very successful marijuana growers know that in most cases, reverse osmosis is the best method to treat the water.
Reverse Osmosis removes the largest spectrum of contaminants of any water treatment process. It essentially strips out all the dissolved solids and allows the grower to add back the appropriate amount of certain trace elements like calcium and magnesium as well as other nutrients that are necessary for optimum growth. Some growers are not fans of reverse osmosis because they remember the “old-style” reverse osmosis systems that wasted up to 6 or 7 gallons of water per gallon made (15% efficient). However, the new high-efficiency American Revolution Commercial Reverse Osmosis Systems wastes 1 gallon for every 4 gallons made (80% efficient).
Pre-treatment is vitally important for a reverse osmosis system because hardness and chlorine and chloramine are deleterious to reverse osmosis membranes (i.e., hardness and chlorine and chlorine dramatically decrease the life of any reverse osmosis membrane). US Water Systems Application Engineers can help engineer a system for maximum operating efficiency and longevity.
Additionally, there are two other factors to be considered when growing marijuana effectively:
Happily, US Water Systems is the technological leader in cannabis water treatment technology and when it comes to treating water for the growing of cannabis – from A to Z – US Water is simply the best solution.
pH Adjustment - US Water Systems has systems designed to maintain the water at a pH below 6.5 (you can actually select the exact level you want).
Bacteria Killing – The Silecte Quantum Disinfection System is the method of choice when it comes to killing bacteria. Ozone, ultraviolet and chlorination are all generally accepted methods, but none offer the bacteria killing effectiveness of Silecte. Silecte uses no chemicals, adds nothing to the water, doesn’t need electricity and has no carbon footprint. It kills bacteria at the quantum level and does it better, quicker and deadlier than any other method.
Water Testing - Now, read this carefully, because this is the most important part: It is vitally imperative that a potential marijuana grower obtain a detailed water analysis of their water supply so that it can be properly treated. We recommend the Commercial RO Screen.
Note: US Water Systems provides water treatment in states where growing cannabis is legal.