Bridging the GAPs: Approaches to Treating Water On Farms

D E V E L O P I NG ON - F A RM AG R I CU L TU R A L WA T E R T R E A TM E N T P ROG R AM S

This chapter aims to discuss the validation and verification of water treatment systems that have been implemented on the farm. These two key steps will help the producer to understand the effectiveness and ongoing performance of their chosen water treatment method. It will also help the producer to understand the monitoring and corrective actions of treatment systems.

In order to implement an agricultural water treatment system that is proven to be effective, it is essential to have scientific evidence that the system is proven to lower the risk of microbial contamination (validation) and to assess compliance with the grower’s intended plan (verification). Once the system’s efficacy is proven on-farm, standard operating procedures (SOPs) should be developed to ensure proper compliance and implementation of activities, such as monitoring, corrective actions, and verification activities. The purpose of this section is to cover these important aspects of implementing a treatment system that is consistently effective.

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