Water, without it we’re dead. We all know this in an academic sense. It’s not until you’re thirsty and don’t know what to do about it that it really hits home.

In 2008 the owners of Malangawarra Cattle Ranch decided to invest in a small desalination plant. Like most of the bush communities they’d been struggling through the drought.

The hills around the property had yielded next to no water run-off for three months. The billabongs used by the cattle had all but dried up. And the nearest water reservoir was three hundred dusty kilometres away.

4723150-3x2-940x627Malangawarra has one small brown creek running through it. Unfortunately it is a saltwater creek, and useless for drinking. But as the drought continued, the bills piled up, and it got to the point where a decision had to be made.

The station manager went to the bank with a proposal. If the bank would lend them enough, the cattle-run could be saved with the purchase of a desalination unit. The manager had done his homework and found a unit the bank may just extend credit for. The station already had a pump – one that had never been used. Using this, instead of purchasing a new one, to feed the desalination unit would keep costs down.

The manufacturers sent their own team to install the desalination unit. It was an extra expense, but seemed a prudent investment considering the stakes.

When the switch was flicked, the pump whined into life, water surged into the desalination bay and the process began.

The water, while not anything you or I would drink, was enough to keep the cattle and crops alive. But that was all it was needed to do.

Unfortunately the pump that ended before the drought.

To everyone’s horror the pump showed it was unable to cope with the high salinity of an outback creek. It had begun corroding the moment it was turned on and was now completely useless.

Again, it was decision time.

4991234-3x2-940x627The station was at the very limit of its credit. The bank was almost guaranteed to foreclose on the outstanding debt, rather than risk more money for another pump. But the station manager felt he had to at least try.

As he predicted the bank refused. But they did suggest something else.

If the only problem with the pump was corrosion then why not fix that?

The regional loans officer had heard of an epoxy resin with high anti-corrosive properties. Any pump repairer could fix what they’d already got, the BluRez Epimax 655 anti-corrosive  resin would protect it.

You might wonder how a regional loans officer would hear of such a thing. I certainly did. Well apparently foreclosing on cattle properties is bad for business. Banks are all about keeping businesses solvent. To that end they stay abreast of technological innovations likely to impact upon their regional market. And Bluey Technologies had helped them in similar situations before.

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