OCION PX10 is a highly effective, economical and environmentally responsible algaecide, bactericide, cyanobactericide, fungicide, molluscicide and weedicide. It provides immediate solution to algae, bacteria, cyanobacteria, fungus, zebra and quagga mussels and some aquatic weeds as well as their associated toxins in natural, drinking, industrial, recreational, irrigation, and livestock drinking water. OCION PX10 is one of the few pesticides which provides a species-specific control over a wide range of microbial species and pests by fine-tuning its rate of application.
Managers and engineers responsible for municipal water quality frequently face challenges as a result of biological contamination in raw water supplies. Cyanobacteria and other algae produce toxins that affect the color, taste and smell of water can also lead to conditions that are both life threatening and injurious to the environment if not managed properly. Municipal water managers and engineers rely on OCION PX10 to combat unsightliness, foul odor and taste in potable and non-potable water systems caused by undesirable bacteria. OCION PX10 effectively controls algae, bacteria, cyanobacteria, and mussels with a rate of copper ions which is well below the regulated copper level standard established for drinking water by globally recognized health organization such as Health Canada (Aesthetic Objective: 1 ppm, Maximum Acceptable Concentration: 2.0 ppm), EPA (Maximum Contaminant Level Goal: 1.3 ppm) and WHO (Maximum Acceptable Concentration: 2.0 ppm).
Using OCION PX10 in agricultural and industrial water distribution systems, keeps the system clean, protects animal health and preserves water resources. If not treated effectively, bio-matter can clog pipes, filters, hoses and nozzles serving as a breeding ground for bacteria. Noxious gases generated from improperly managed algae and pond slime can be harmful to workers, plants and livestock.
OCION PX10 works to correct and prevent both aesthetic and toxic water issues stemming from biological contaminants in potable and non-potable water systems. Used seasonally as prevention, it minimizes downstream treatment costs. It drastically reduces reliance on more harmful or costly solutions such as chlorine, flocculants, coagulants and activated carbon.
NATURAL MINERAL-BASED ANTI-MICROBIAL
Controls water contamination caused by algae, bacteria, cyanobacteria, zebra, quagga and other mussels
Effective against undesirable microbes in many water systems, including natural waters, industrial ponds, irrigation systems and livestock drinking water
Improves quality, color, odor and taste of water
Lowers suspended organic material, resulting in lower filtration costs
Reduces chemical consumption during water treatment
Remains effective over wide range of conditions i.e. Sun light, high pH, alkalinity, COD, etc.
Also used to treat reservoirs, golf courses, ponds, canals, waterscapes, potable water storage tanks and distribution systems
MUNICIPAL ANTI-MICROBIAL WATER TREATMENT
Controls algae, bacteria, cyanobacteria, mussels and organic film build-up
Controls and prevents noxious gases and foul odors
Improves aesthetic water quality
Reduces reliance on chemical disinfection
Reduces suspended solids and lowers filtration requirements
Reduce the instrument maintenance cost and increase the durability of filters and pumps
Meets stringent government standards globally
Treats potable water reservoirs and storage tanks, canals, pipelines and decorative water features.
For progressive agricultural and industrial managers seeking uncompromising solutions to algae, bacteria, cyanobacteria, zebra, quagga and Asian green mussels and their associated toxins that are also environmentally responsible, OCION PX10 is the ideal solution. It knocks down the problem immediately without harming the environment.
GREENHOUSE IRRIGATION SYSTEMS
Biological contaminants pose a serious threat to the health of valuable plants and clog lines and storage tanks in greenhouse and field crop operations. They also impact food safety. OCION PX10 offers a superior solution to keep greenhouse irrigation systems clean and free from bacterial and algal growth.
OCION products are safe for use in polyethylene, polypropylene, PVC, stainless steel pipes and fittings.
For added control of mineral scaling, OCION LI12.5 in combination with OCION PX10 does an outstanding job of restoring irrigation systems to peak efficiency.
Client Testimonial from Westcan Greenhouses
OCION PX10 is independently certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 60 for use in drinking water treatment. The manufacturing facility and the product have been complying and meeting the standards continuously over two decades.
How It Works
OCION PX10 – A New Copper: labile, ionic and bioavailable. Using minute quantities of the most biologically active form of copper supported by OCION’s AIM technology, OCION PX10 achieves effective results from very low application rates.
Unlike copper sulfate, OCION‘s copper does not sink to the bottom. It naturally seeks a balanced disbursement leading to even performance results. In contrast, copper sulfate is commonly plagued by ‘hot spots’ and inconsistent effectiveness. OCION PX10 is also longer lasting. It remains bio-available through until assimilated by a target microorganism allowing for on-going water protection. And unlike copper sulfate and chlorine-based anti-microbial applications, it is not affected by sunlight and does not evaporate nor precipitate. It is also capable of remaining biologically active through the rigors of high pH, alkalinity and organic content. Due to all these reasons, the consequence treatments need lower and lower application rates to keep the aquatic environments free of microbes.
OCION PX10 is an innovatively formulated, naturally occurring mineral based pesticide, manufactured by OCION as part of OCION’s commitment to establish a susceptible and sustainable future environment. Our mineral dilutions are not widely inconsistent with naturally occurring background levels, for ensuring a ready return to balance. Depending on the application and conditions, concentration levels can be balanced to protect the environment. Typically, the application of OCION PX10 to water, organic wastes, plants or food results in the mineral ions becoming bound by target micro-organisms or other organic matter. In this state, the bound minerals are no longer biologically active or toxic. These mineral ions stay with their host microbes and are typically assimilated into the natural environment without creating a mineral imbalance. When severe conditions dictate aggressive treatments in the early stages, restoring environmental balance would be gradually achieved.
What Users Are Saying
Switching to PX10 has made a “vast improvement” to the quality of water at Alberta’s Bow Island reservoir, according to Ed Campbell. “PX10 has definitely made my life easier and it’s operator friendly,” he says. Cleaning the system strainers has gone from 2 to 4 times a week, to once every several weeks. Now that water quality has been optimized, Campbell expects to reduce applications by 40%, without any loss of efficacy this year.
The town of Oliver owns and operates a 20 km long gravity canal for irrigation and domestic water. The growth of algae in the canal during mid-summer was the cause of numerous complaints from water users. Filters for irrigation systems and screens for pump intakes were plugged-up. Dramatically within a day after .treatment with PX10 almost all algae was gone or dying. There were no more complaints from water users. For preventative measures an application a week later was done. No more algae have reappeared since application 8 weeks ago. PX10 is the best product that we have ever used in treating algae growth; it has saved the Town labour costs and has delivered better quality water to users.
PX10 is a unique product being used with great success in many prestigious projects all over Dubai with the most important property developers, golf courses and major hotels.
For years Lake Marathon that supplies drinking water to Athens, Greece, was growing algae. They used copper sulphate but stopped it because of problems with fish dying. After testing PX10 reservoir managers agreed that POLYDEX does not have similarities with copper sulphate. PX10 was sprayed on areas around the 52 kilometer perimeter of the lake where algae grow. There was no residual copper or algae showing over a test period of five months following application. We are pleased that our customers thoroughly tested POLYDEX and found it satisfactory for continued use.
We use OCION PX10 (POLYDEX) with Hydrogen Peroxide to treat the potable water of our Poultry farm. We really like the combination of ionized copper and hydrogen peroxide. Birds are super healthy and perform well. We run 50 ppm hydrogen peroxide and about 0.3 ppm OCION PX10 injected into water lines on a continual basis. Our water meets potable water standards coming from our well and the combination of OCION PX10 and hydrogen peroxide ensures the water quality is maintained once it enters our poultry barns. We have been using this combination of OCION PX10 and hydrogen peroxide since July of 2004 and the results we are getting from our broiler breeders speak for themselves.
In our over thirty years of experience, we had worked with a great deal of products such as bromide pucks, ionized bleach, metal ionizer, hydrogen peroxide, etc. for treating our reservoir water. They were either ineffectual, too expensive and/or prohibitively labour intensive and none of them simply didn’t deliver. In April 2011, we were introduced to OCION’s OCION PX10 (POLYDEX) and tried at a ratio of 1:60000 OCION PX10 (gives 1.0 ppm ionic copper) to the reservoir water. Within 6 weeks, the water in the reservoir was clean. And it maintained its cleanliness through the hottest parts of the following summer when applications of OCION PX10 had been reduced to 0.3 ppm. It was kind of miracle. There was no detectible increase of elevated copper levels after consecutive irrigation. When the water was tested a week after application, copper levels in the reservoir itself had returned to background levels of 0.532 ppm. Testing conducted after treatments continues to fluctuate between 0.3 – 0.5 ppm copper depending on the reservoir topping-off cycle. As well, E. coli levels were negligible even with the birds and wildlife visiting the reservoir. We can now see the pond liner as the 7 inches of scum along the bottom has been reduced to negligible levels. Westcan has also enjoyed other operational benefits with OCION PX10. We no longer spend hours keeping the filters in order. With OCION PX10, our filters remain clean except for hay from the farm nearby and water bugs from the reservoir – which also means that the OCION PX10 application do not kill all organisms indiscriminately. When pipe repair was undertaken, we were surprised to discover they were clear of biofilm. And there is no longer any clogging of the drip and overhead irrigation system. It feels good to have clean water. We’re saving an enormous amount of time. It’s easy to use and cost effective. We’ve shared our experience with many fellow growers, and many are using OCION PX10 now.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Follow label directions. Product may be applied through sprinkler, furrow, border, flood or basin, and drip or trickle chemigation systems; by boat using submerged hoses or surface spraying; from the shoreline by direct pour or surface spraying; by metering into irrigation lines; and by injecting into drip systems. Contact your OCION tech rep for more information on applying OCION PX10 to specific water bodies, or water systems.
The product is odourless and safe to handle with the following precautions. Always wear the personal protective equipment outlined on the label. Use in a well-ventilated area. Avoid contact with clothing, skin and eyes. Do not drink concentrate. Keep away from children. Refer to label for first aid information.
OCION PX10 is a concentrated formulation that may or may not require dilution prior to application in water bodies, depending on the desired application, characteristics of the water body, reservoir, or irrigation system being treated. OCION PX10 is self-dispersing in water. For specific application instructions, refer to product labeling or consult your OCION tech rep for more information.
OCION PX10 is self-dispersing in water. It can be applied in one spot and will self-disperse evenly at the rate of 20 feet (6 metres) per hour in all directions. OCION PX10 is applied through chemigation systems, metering into irrigation lines, injecting into drip systems, and by direct pour, or spray application, depending on the size and characteristics of the water body. Consult your OCION tech rep for more information on applications to specific water bodies.
Spray directly on the algae-infested surface. Pre-dilute 1 part OCION PX10 to 5 parts water to ensure uniform application. Test water weekly for the first month then every other week to maintain a minimum 0.3 ppm ionized copper as residual. For water contaminated with heavy mats of algae, physical removal of surface algae is recommended, prior to applying OCION PX10, for optimal results.
OCION PX10 can be applied any time of the year however, it is most cost effective when used to prevent algae growth. In temperate climates, apply in the early spring or at the first sign of algae and continue bi-weekly or monthly top-up treatments through the autumn.
OCION PX10 starts to work immediately. Typically, algae will die and turn brown within 24 hours of application. OCION PX10 does not oxidize or burn the organisms so may take from 2 –72 hours to see the evidence of algae dying and 2 weeks to get complete results depending on the volume of biomass and product concentrations used.
OCION PX10 is able to suppress certain nuisance aquatic plants, including Hydrilla, Hyacinth, and Potamogeton. OCION PX10 controls rooted, submerged, and floating aquatic weeds at 2.0 – 4.0 ppm rate of copper.
Maintaining 0.3 to 1.0 ppm of OCION PX10 ionized copper is recommended. Take weekly readings and keep a record. The demand for OCION PX10 will gradually decrease and stabilize as algae is killed. Copper test kits measure copper levels quickly and simply and are available from OCION distributors. Refer to label instructions, or contact your OCION tech rep for more information.
Yes*. At the suggested dosage levels, OCION PX10 has no known detrimental effect on plants. In fact, in foliar irrigation, users have observed improved disease and insect control and plant growth. In conventional and drip irrigation, users report cleaner lines and emitters.
*PLEASE NOTE: Permitted applications and product registrations vary by jurisdiction. Contact your OCION distributor for information on permitted uses in your region.
Yes. OCION PX10 is permitted for use in potable water for algae, bacterial and mussels’ control before final purification. Moreover, OCION PX10 is independently certified by NSF International to NSF/ANSI Standard 60 for use in drinking water treatment.
OCION PX10 may be toxic to fish and other aquatic organisms at very low concentrations. In general, bottom feeders and young fish (e.g. trout fry) are the most susceptible. OCION recommends applying concentrations no greater than 0.06 ppm copper for waters containing copper sensitive fish species, and 0.3 ppm for waters containing more copper resistant fish species. A series of lower doses is recommended to achieve the required rate of copper in the aquaculture applications. Consult with your OCION tech rep prior to use where aquatic life requires protection.
If algae is present in the entire water body, it is recommended to treat only 25% of the volume of water at any one time. Allow 4 days to 7 days between subsequent treatments until control is achieved with a return to healthy oxygen levels.
While it may be aesthetically desirable, there is no need to clean the sediment or dead algae from the bottom or surface of the water. Using OCION PX10 regularly will stop accumulation of dead organic matter from algae.
OCION PX10 is chemically inert. It does not trigger any kind of chemical reaction. OCION PX10 will in no way change the mineral composition of water or any other aqueous substrate. OCION PX10 will add only ionized copper. Copper levels will return to low levels as OCION PX10 treats the conditions presented.
OCION PX10 is not the product to use for water remediation after contamination by anything other than bacteria and algae. It is designed for controlling micro-organisms. OCION PX10 acts on targeted micro-organisms within the natural copper sensitivity limits of each species.