Water Treatment for Pig & Poultry Farms

Water is an important part of livestock farming which is why farms need to prepare special attention to the nature of their water. It is well established that properly treated drinking water will boost pig and broiler growth performance and with sufficient biosecurity measures, reduces the need for antibiotics entirely. Hatcheries on the other hand often require water conditioning system to improve the efficiency of and protect critical processes preventing damage from corrosion, scale & fouling.

Farms and Hatcheries who implement effective water treatment regimes will save significantly more money than they cost, contact Accepta today about drinking water treatment for your livestock sheds, treatment for your closed heating systems and even water testing.

Chlorine Dioxide Drinking Water Treatment

Chlorine dioxide has gained popularity in the pig & poultry farm sector as a water treatment solution due to a number of beneficial factors:

  • Chlorine dioxide is a proven fast and broad spectrum disinfectant for animal drinking water systems.
  • The compound is effective over a wide pH range (4-10).
  • Is less corrosive than simple chlorine chemicals.
  • Already effective at low dosing rates.
  • A powerful & potent oxidiser in water.
  • Highly effective at removing biofilm in water distribution lines.
  • Acutely effective against Campylobacter
  • No formation of chlorinating by-products (Tri-Halo-Methanes)
  • Does not have the taste and odour issues of chlorine, therefore improved water consumption by chicks
  • Limits need for antibiotics

What is Activ-Ox?

Activ-Ox® is Accepta’s patented Chlorine Dioxide generation process. It is simpler, safer and more effective than other ways of producing chlorine dioxide, the chemistry is very simple and requires the activation of two pre-cursor chemicals. Activ-Ox was developed to treat potable (drinking) and industrial water systems to disinfect and prevent the growth of unwanted or dangerous bacteria such as Legionella.

Because of the simplicity and uniqueness of the chemistry, the Activ-Ox concept has been adapted to many more applications than conventional ClO2 systems. A simplified dosing system is used to dose the chemical which requires no storage of gas instead just requiring a small reaction tee piece as the chemical reaction is instant and high yielding, meaning it can flow directly into the water stream being treated.

Why is Activ-Ox a better choice for Pig & Poultry drinking water treatment?

As explained above, Activ-Ox chemistry has enabled the product to be adapted to many more applications one of which is the treatment of pig & poultry farm water distribution channels. Accepta has found that competitor products targeted at the chicken farming market have offered simple reaction in a tank solutions. However the inferior chemistry offered by these products meant that reaction times took anywhere up to several hours and even once reacted the yield was poor and not cost effective at all. While this method of dosing does offer convenience and Activ-Ox chemistry will support this method of dosing; Accepta provide and recommend the Activ-Ox developed dosing system which reacts the chemical within a heavy duty tee piece at the time of demand. We believe our solution for chlorine dioxide in poultry water is the best solution and for any farms currently using competitor products we offer guidance to allow the trailing of Activ-Ox against your current regime with a simple chlorine dioxide testing kit so you can see our chemistry is not only cheaper upfront but offers the highest yield of reacted chemical.

The Activ-Ox chemistry means that we only need a weak food & water approved acid as part of our two part pre-cursor reaction, the compound can work on and eliminate biofilm, take out sulphur odours and prevents mineral build up making the removal of iron from your water simpler and effective.

Activ-Ox® Basic

The Activ-Ox Basic represents an answer to requests by broiler farms to offer a dosing system similar to setups already present at their other farms. The Basic system offers the option of storing pre-activated chemical in the bunded tank with the simplicity of dosage control by a water meter.

The system represents a no-frills approach and has limited safety features.

It should be noted that pre-activating the chemical to sit in the tank can lead to deterioration of ClO2 strength over time.


*Use biocides safely. Always read the label and product information before use.*

Activ-Ox® 2000 Dosing System

The Activ-Ox 2000 is Feedwater’s developed dosing system designed specifically for our unique chemistry, while the chemical can react instantly providing a near 100% yield to be stored in a tank, there are many significant advantages to dosing via the 2000 unit.

  • No Storage of hazardous chemical
  • No risk of gas
  • Low chemical level beacons
  • No chemical handling
  • Calculated dosage
  • Chemical is stronger for longer
  • Option for telemetric upgrade (email and text warnings)

Analytical Water Testing Services

It is often important to test your pig and poultry water for bacteria such as TVCs/ACC to keep an eye on bacteria levels in the water. Other analysis can be along the chemical route when determining the nature of the water and whether filtration or supplication is desired to improve crop performance. To service these requirements Accepta has two in-house water testing laboratories including a UKAS accredited Microbiological laboratory for testing bacteria levels in water and a chemical lab which assists our customers with identification and problem-solving water-related issues.

These analysis packages can be ordered online for simplicity and come with sample kits and pre-paid return packages.

Chemical Potability (Drinking) Water Analysis

£147.00£187.00 ex. VAT

Break down of parameters in each analysis in the description below.

Simply fill the bottle, return in the prepaid envelope and wait for results.

Uses of analysis to identify:

  • Possible cause of scale or corrosion including galvanic
  • Possible cause of taste issues
  • Possible cause of staining or discolouration
  • Cause of ‘eggy smell’ in water
  • Common toxins

For a wider water screen for toxicity or hygiene reasons you may want to add potable metals and microbial potability.

E.Coli Coliforms & TVC – Microbial Potability Water Analysis

£59.00 ex. VAT


QuantityDiscounted Price
  • Each unit includes one bottle for one sample
  • Royal Mail Special Delivery return packet. (To drop off at Post Office)
  • UKAS Water Testing covers E. Coli, Coliforms & TVC
  • Expert Advice & Interpretation available at no additional cost
  • Simply fill the bottle, return and wait for reported results

We require a full 250ml sample to be able to perform this test. Refunds will not be offered where minimum sample requirements are not met.

Legionella Laboratory Water Testing

£59.00 ex. VAT


QuantityDiscounted Price
  • UKAS accredited analysis
  • Free sampling pack
  • Free Shipping
  • Included Pre-Paid return pack to Lab
  • Expert interpretation and advice available – Unique Service
  • Immediate reporting of any positive results
  • Confidential service
  • Standard Culture test takes at least 10 days (New Rapid 24h analysis also available)

We recommend you use one sample bottle for each sample point. Do not mix samples from more than one tap into the same bottle.

We require a full 250ml sample to be able to perform this test. Refunds will not be offered where minimum sample requirements are not met.

If you require rapid 24hr Legionella results click here

TVC / Aerobic Colony Count Water Analysis

£35.00 ex. VAT


QuantityDiscounted Price
  • Each analysis includes one bottle for one sample
  • Royal Mail Special Delivery return packet to make the results UKAS approved. (To drop off at Post Office)
  • Simply fill the bottle and use the freepost to return to the lab and await results.

We require a full 250ml sample to be able to perform this test. Refunds will not be offered where minimum sample requirements are not met.

Softening and Filtration Water Conditioning

It is often the case that the water which enters our properties doesn’t act entirely benign to our systems, it carries minerals and elements which like to drop out, scale up our pipework, stain and foul integral systems. Without water conditioning such as softening or water filtration like Reverse Osmosis, the build-up of these minerals can cause issues such as blockages, protection for bugs and failure of infrastructure.

If you think the efficiency and longevity of your water systems could be protected by water conditioning speak to us today to arrange a free on-site consultation with one of our experts.

Protection for Heating and Chilled Closed Systems

To keep the temperature right in your sheds a heating/chiller closed system is run day and night in certain seasons, like your drinking water these systems need treatment to maintain efficiency and longevity. Scale and Corrosion can cause catastrophic damage to plant equipment and operational failures can be detrimental to flock performance. Treatments for these systems often include Molybdate or Nitrite inhibitors dosed at intervals that maintain protection levels throughout the year.

To arrange a free consultation with one of our experts please contact us today.

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