Industry Best Practice Manual for Water Quality Management and Sterilisation


The chicken meat industry requires reliable supplies of safe highquality water for meat chicken production. The quality of water used in production plays a major role in flock performance via the effect on digestion and absorption of nutrients. Furthermore, water can be a carrier of avian diseases and hazardous microbial and chemicals contaminants. There are two major interrelated factors that determine the quality of farm water, 1) water source quality and 2) onfarm distribution system effects. This project will therefore consider both water source and onfarm distribution system water quality issues, presanitization treatment methods, sanitisation methods and onfarm water distribution system water quality management practices. The findings of this research will be summarised into an industry best practice manual for water quality management and sanitization onfarm.


Chicken Meat

Research Organisation

Integrity Ag and Environment Pty Ltd

Objective Summary

This project covers two objectives regarding water quality and sanitization. Specific objectives of this project are: 1. Review potential water presanitization treatments that could be used to increase water quality (practical pretreatments, for example: ceramic filters, PPE filters, sand filters, GAC, PAC, resins, BAC and ozone, coagulation, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration and reverse osmosis etc) that meet industry requirements for water quality. 2. Review sanitization treatment methods (practical lowcost sanitization, for example: chlorine, chloramines, hydrogen peroxide, chlorine dioxide (liquid), ozone, UV, potassium permanganate etc) that meet industry requirements for water quality. Additionally, water treatment additives (i.e. for acidification, pH buffering/stabilisation) will be reviewed. 3. Review onfarm water distribution system quality management practices (for example: flushing, shock chlorination etc) that meet industry requirements for water quality. 4. Identify best practice management and document this in a manual for industry.

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Project Stage


Project Start Date

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Project Completion Date

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

An environmentally sustainable Australia

National Priority

Soil, water and managing natural resources

National Priority

CME-Develop and implement measures to improve industry's impact on the enviroment