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HCT categorizes both water and the soils we work with into buckets as minerals, metals, microbes (including biology), sodium, and of course water itself but also some gasses of bicarbonates, chlorides and of significant importance oxygen as well as nitrogen. The industry also looks at other indicators and where some are implied indicators including TDS/EC, pH, SAR, CEC, base saturation and more. Lots of measurements and confusing terms that HCT has normalized and put into buckets for ease of understanding. If you’re accustomed to adding elements to the soil to react with other elements, this will be a big shift in what you have become accustomed to. If you are an advocate of pH, this will have a big change in your processes. All the information is substantiated by research and reproducible real-world applications and results. Usually, vegetation vitality is improved over 15% by growth rate and yields, water necessity reduced 15% by infiltration, costs of the program are totally offset from these, as well as reducing treatment necessities and harvesting nutrients from water and compromised soils (a bell curve).  


In most cases HCT sees the industry has become complacent depending on pH suppression and the addition of gypsum to cause the movement of calcium into the vegetation, even in scenarios where the water has plenty of calcium and sulfate to begin with. Yet the studies that recommended this were for the Pacific Northwest where there is plenty of rain. The study also warned about the soil conditions. Soils data shows us we have ignored that aspect of the report when we do soils analyses correctly and see massive amounts of calcium and sulfate. The saturations of nutrients in our soils reduce pore space and can also create toxicity (USDA/NCRS – UC Davis). 


You perform water analyses that indicate the elements in the water and we assume hard water is bad, high sodium is bad, and yet we see several thousand ppm’s of calcium and sulfate in our soils are okay, and we plan to add more but with acid. Yet season to season we see the level of not only these but also the other elements building up in our soil.


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Would you like to see a game changer? Have your soil exchangeable, cations and metals, titrated with HCl and H2O2. Most likely you will find / see 10 to 100 times the amount of insoluble minerals and metals in your soils that are hindering vegetation vitality from a multitude of reasons, mainly unavailable nutrition, nutrient and biological toxicity and lack of pore space in the soil. Did you know the Mehlich method of determining the exchangeables in soils went through three iterations? Now there is a new method presented to you by HCT - VSAO.


It’s no wonder we can’t get water down with all the complexed matter that has consumed pore space in our soils, so much so the soils tend to turn oxygen deficient and anaerobic, supporting items like fungi, black layer and Pythium, and we never knew it because we never saw it in the soils reports. What we did see was a saturated paste extract that said we needed to add more nutrients, we needed to add acid to reduce the bicarbonates of the water, without any regard to the conditions of the soil – of which was cited in the study for treatment of water in the Pacific Northwest – and explained in the USDA/NCRS Agronomy Manual and presented also by UC Davis – including the elements subjected to sulfurous acid acidification do not resolubilize by sulfurous acid acidification – thereby plugging up our soils. Also referenced USDA Water Quality 2011. HCT’s Curative and BC liberate complexes in soil's that rain and additional acid is not able to disassociate.

Chemistry and Applications

HCT knows economically, for less than you are already spending, how to get water down, use less water, treat challenging water, remediate soil by harvesting bound nutrition, all leading to increasing crop vitality and yield. Hardpan and scale are bound nutrition, sodium and biological toxicity are soils that need to be remediated – all doable though HCT’s water treatment. 


The Big Picture:


  • 1/10th the amount of acid – safe to the user (super fumy though, keep lid closed)

    • How is that possible? We treat the elements to re-hydrate when exposed to moisture and water. 

  • Incorporate the WaterSOLV BC is necessary (no more bio issues and continuous chemical aerification)

  • Plug and play containers of the products (totes, drums, pails) – or perhaps a special unique blend / one pump.

    • No bulk tanks, bulk refills, or double containment necessities (nor $$$ or depreciation)

  • Hopefully use the same chemical feed pumps or new pump installations

  • The same use cost as sulfurous acids but you need not buy gypsum ($$$ - pretty much pays for itself)

  • Soil remediation & harvesting existing bound nutrients ($$$)

    • Significant improvement on crop vitality & yield

  • Sustainable, environmentally sound, No “N” or “S” pollutants

  • Converts bad water and soils to ($$$)

  • Emitters get clean and stay clean, no annual cleaning or plugged emitters.

  • Does not replace fertilizer – it liberates it!  


Interpretations and Recommendations:


  1. We’ll treat water based on its hardness and bicarbonate.

  2. We’ll use added water treatment to liberate the hardness in the soil, gradually, or quickly to achieve infiltration, then turn it down to the gradual rate.

  3. We’ll treat biology similarly, against the bacteria and food sources (S, SO4-S, Fe and Mn, along with soils biological conditions (i.e., fungi, fairy ring, pythium, black layer, root rot, demand for dissolved oxygen.

  4. We’ll consider soil conditions of sodium and N to adjust the treatment and watering, as necessary. 

  5. We’ll discuss watering practices – as we change from water to flush, to water to water - now that we make the water salts beneficial, restore infiltration and detoxify sodium.   


The Process:


It begins with data: Water analysis, water bac T analysis, the right soil analysis most likely Mehlich 3 (exchangeable cations and metals in ppm, not percentage or lbs/A), or/and a new VSA soil analysis if determined necessary (to see all that is there which can be 10 to 100 times what we have been seeing in the past). This is followed by interpretations and recommendations for treating the water and correcting the soil through treating the water. 


The Treatment:


Whether it is water or soil, we are looking at the same elements in both; cations as nutrition other than sodium, the metals essential for nutrition, the metals and sulfur which can be food sources for negative bacteria, the toxic chloride salts of sodium-ferric (iron)-calcium and zinc chloride (and usually boron), the potential toxicity of nitrogen which can operate to block the flow of oxygen when in excess and acidified.  


We’ll treat the elements in the water, so they stay hydratable throughout their presence in the soil. We’ll treat the bacteria, so they don’t exude their films and toxins in our lines and soils. Our products will detoxify sodium and oxygenate the soils to perpetuate an aerobic soil profile. We’ll add additional product to begin remediating the soil – technically tearing apart the bonds and sequestering them – doing this gradually so that we can harvest the nutrition we have left behind, whether from the water or from our nutritional purchases over the years (evidenced by Mehlich soil extractions or better yet the VAS extraction method). The same remediation process that occurs in the soil will translate through the plant. 


We’ll STOP using sulfurous acids, we’ll no longer need to purchase the calcium and sulfate (gypsum) because we’ll be harvesting it from our soils. As we finally begin to deplete the soils to levels that restore our CEC and SAR, we’ll be in a favorable replenish mode, not based on what the water will liberate (the soil paste extraction) but on the actual content of the available nutrition in our remediated soils created by the WaterSOLV™ Chemistry.


Treatment Calculators are available: Mobile app is HCT WaterSOLV™. Excel Spreadsheet is downloadable from our website.  


Use Cost:


Cost per gallon versus use cost: A simple way to evaluate product cost is use cost: $ per gallon times gallons per acre ft of water or per million gallons of water. 60 ppm at $4.00 gl. is $240 per million gallons of water. 2 ppm at $21.00 gl. is $42 per million gallons of water. Don’t let the cost per gallon deceive you. Look at the value and cost benefits as well; is the product going to increase efficiencies, lower cost, increase revenue and is it sustainable year over year? Absolutely.  




  • Visual crop vitality, growth rate and heat tolerance

  • Water penetration

  • Flushing of toxins through plant tissues without damage

  • Less frequent watering sets and less water (15%)

  • Increase in soil EC’s and TDS on a bell curve as we solubilize bound nutrients and consume them

  • Depending on exchangeable method used, gradual decline in soil elements over time with improved SAR and CEC.


NO deficit watering!!!

On demand hydration, oxygen and nutrition while proliferating an aerobic growth cycle.


WaterSOLV™ Curative – Water treatment and soil remediation acid - hardness and chloride salts.


WaterSOLV™ BC – Biological and water treatment - bacteria, water hardness and chloride salts, dissolved oxygen.


HCT WaterSOLV - Water treatment for soluble hardness and chloride salts. Also applied when sodium levels are more than our knowledge and understanding, and when salts are more in the buckets of chlorides and sodium while being hardness deficient. 


  • In most cases, including pond water treatment, avoid sulfur, sulfate, and sodium products. Use alternatives. 

  • Never discount Bacteria in your source water.

  • Your plant is what it drinks – fertilize responsibly for their benefit – understand the fate and sustainability of what you put into your soils. 

  • Pure distilled water, nor rain, remediate hardness salts in soils.

  • The solubility of elements is what our plants drink most readily; oxygen and gasses (bicarbonate, hydrogen sulfide, chloride), water, nitrogen, sodium, zinc (what we observe after a rain), thereafter the less drinkable / available essential elements of metals and cations, calcium, iron and aluminum being likely the past. Undrinkable usually being the oxalates, silicates, and anything held away by biofilms. 




Both water and soil analyses contain the same elements. So how can this be a universal solution / program? By treating the culprits – HCO3, Bac T, Cl and watching over N and O2. Perhaps the only product that directly mitigates Na and sustainably converts complexes to readily rehydratable nutrition. We can do the same using sulfuric acid ut who wants all the human danger, as well as the sulfur and N on their soils? 


Does not the total of all of these equate to TDS and EC? Then high TDS and EC, if the total remain available/rehydratable, is beneficial. 


Normal operating pH, suppressed below with 8.2 with adequate chemical application – and according to USDA/NCRS, the optimum range for cation absorption.   

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Irrefutable Facts: 


For optimum growth potential, through a medium like water (hydroponics) or soil, vegetation requires, on demand, “available” oxygen, water and nutrition, inclusive of all the elements – minerals, metals and salts. 


If you have trouble getting a probe into the ground, or getting water down, in most every situation the soil has become saturated with hardness and bound nutrients, which in turn can perpetuate to soil saturated toxicity of rancid water, toxic bacteria and biology and gasses, and harboring toxic chloride salts in the soils. When the soil is saturated and water forced in abundance to get it down, what is the vegetation likely drinking in sequence? Using some of the best water – rain – the sequence would be lots of dissolved oxygen, then pure H2O, followed by nitrogen, sodium, then zinc. How beneficial is that to your vegetations prosperity? What about the essential nutrients, especially calcium? Rain does NOT dissolve the soil saturations. Rain is exceptional and providing pure water and dissolved oxygen, followed by making the sodium available as toxicity, but not the macro and micronutrients. 


We’ve been using sulfuric acid and adding calcium sulfate, and our soils are loaded with both, ever increasing year over year, chloride salts increasing as well (calcium chloride, sodium chloride, ferric chloride, zinc chloride), and we’re not looking at soils’ oxygen or biological content. We tend to depend on pH and gypsum yet visually we see the entire process getting worse year over year, all the elements building up in our soils, reduced pH being an event instead of an on-demand solution for the vegetation. Where’s the University Research for the sustainable use of sulfuric acid and gypsum? There isn’t any! In fact, there is research that shows this is NOT sustainable, produced by UC Davis. Not only do the acidified elements become denser and more insoluble with the use of sulfurous acids, but the elements can also reabsorb the bicarbonate which in turn the become again insoluble and require acidification once again. Therefore, it is NOT sustainable and why your acid demand increases year over year, along with diminishing outcomes.