Being the only commercial water cleaning product, Di-O-Clean (UK) from MS Schippers is effective in combating viruses, including African swine fever (ASF). Laboratory test results show that pathogens do not survive treatment with the product. This proves it an effective weapon against the advancing ASF in Europe.
The Di-O-Clean product is being used since 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 in order to keep the system clean and germ-free.
The basic principle is that the product removes the biofilm in the water pipe and that it prevents the formation of it. It also tackles other contaminants such as iron and manganese deposits, without affecting the taste or odor of the water or creating unfavorable by-products. Recent research by the German research institute Labor Enders has shown that it is very effective against pathogens, including viruses such as ASF. The product is not only permitted in pig farming, but also in poultry and cattle farming.
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. For example, rainwater and surface water. “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 realize that 80% 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. After all, in order to really guarantee water quality, a good water installation with the right filters forms an important basis.
In this concept, the water quality from the source to the water basin is being improved. It consists of a dosing pump consisting 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.