Many critical decisions go into choosing the optimal layout, lighting plan, irrigation/fertigation systems and climate-control design for a successful hydroponic cultivation facility. These highly engineered systems make up a large portion of upfront build-out expenses. However, all too often, the importance of a consistent, reliable water source is overlooked. Even seasoned professionals can lack the adequate knowledge to respond to increasingly complex water issues that can determine the success or failure of an operation. With nearly 15 years of solving nearly every cannabis-related water problem imaginable, HyperLogic takes all the guesswork out of the commercial cannabis water filtration equation.
Commercial Cannabis Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration
Here’s the upshot: Starting out with a base of pure water ensures a consistent feed formula with repeatable results for every crop cycle, regardless of source water quality.
The most efficient and cost-effective way to ensure a reliable source water profile is a commercial-scale reverse osmosis (RO) system. HyperLogic systems start at 2000 gallons per day, all the way up to a municipal scale of 1 million + gallons of purified water per day. While RO as a requirement has been subject to debate, today’s commercial-scale cultivation professionals know it’s the single most affordable and least energy-intensive technology to produce pure water.
To be clear, not every situation requires RO. In a best-case scenario, reliable, consistently high-quality source water is readily available. However, if water needs to be treated, HyperLogic becomes a logical choice for the serious commercial grower.
For modern growing practices, it’s particularly important to highlight the differences between industrial agriculture and cultivating a refined, premium product on a commercial scale. There are many methods and technologies shared by the two, but the most important difference is that Big Agriculture is primarily concerned with volume, not quality.
Volume vs. Quality
Producing a top-shelf product—whether it be orchids, craft beer or exceptional cannabis—requires full control of inputs, including water. Furthermore, the medical cannabis community is becoming increasingly aware that a pure product requires pure inputs, water being one of the most critical. Avoiding tissue contamination can only be achieved by scrutinizing every stage of the production process, from cultivation to packaging.
Certainly, volume is extremely important. It makes sense that agriculture professionals are beginning to have tremendous influence over how large-scale cannabis grow operations are designed. But achieving volume is relatively easy with cannabis, whereas growing a high-quality product requires a well-rounded, refined approach to success.
Those with experience in industrial agriculture growing tens of thousands of acres of a monocrop may be skeptical of the use of RO to purify source water for commercial cannabis cultivation. Because the volume of water needed for industrial agriculture operations is much too great to purify with RO, those operations typically rely on customized nutrients based on the contents of their untreated irrigation water.
This may work to produce a decent yield from a traditional monocrop, but when controlling unique, strain-specific environments and nutrient formulas for a high-value crop such as cannabis, every input can affect the final value of the product. The goal of commercial cannabis cultivation is to produce the best quality and largest yields from the given square footage of canopy space and to maximize efficiency in these environments. Large-scale, traditional agriculture water treatment practices typically do not apply to specialized, high-value crop production.
HyperLogic offers a wide variety of commercial cannabis water filtration options, custom built to suit your operation’s specific needs.