Importance of Water
Water has long been recognized as the most critical nutrient in livestrock production but the most negleced. Water is the highest single constituent of the body, almost 70% of the bodies of animals are made of water and animals can survive longer period without the other nutrients except for water.
Water is susceptible to microbial contamination regardless of how good a farm’s water management system. Pipes are lined with biofilm, and it affects water quality by releasing bacteria into the drinking water. Biofilm in pipes:
• are reservoirs for pathogens
• plays a role in corrosion
• impact the aesthetics of water