Animal Drinking Water

The Issue

When raising animals such as swine, poultry, or cattle, the health of the herd is of the utmost importance. The overall health of your animals takes variables such as livability, mortality, feed conversion, and weight gain into account, and a spreading sickness can have a huge negative impact on these key metrics. As a result, costs can increase dramatically, whether via increased spending on vaccinations or higher-quality feed blends. Profits can also suffer due to lower animal weights, higher mortality, or decreased egg or milk production. In turn this can also lead to increased food prices for the consumer.


SMT’s ultra-pure chlorine dioxide products can help improve herd or flock health and increase profits. Our EPA registered products can be used as an antimicrobial water treatment to reduce bacterial and other pathogenic populations in water. Chlorine dioxide can also oxidize iron, manganese, phenols, and other floating particles decreasing turbidity which removes tastes and odors from the water, encouraging higher consumption. Chlorine dioxide has also been shown to prohibit the growth of bacteria and algae in drinking water systems, which can prevent buildup of bioslimes that harbor pathogenic organisms.   

In poultry farms

When used in poultry drinking water, chlorine dioxide has been shown to:

  • Decrease mortality rate of flock
  • Increased weight gain
  • Improved feed conversion

Recommended products:
Selectrocide 12G

In hog farms

When used in swine drinking water, chlorine dioxide has been shown to:

  • Decrease mortality rate of litter
  • Reduce bacterial populations in water
  • Increase weight gain

Recommended products:
Selectrocide 12G

In dairy farms

When used in dairy drinking water, chlorine dioxide has been shown to:

  • Increase milk production
  • Reduce bacterial populations in water
  • Decrease prevalence of scours

Recommended products:
Selectrocide 12G

Related Case Study

Poultry Studies


Objectives of Testing

This case study was carried out in order to determine the effect that Selectrocide® would have on water quality, weight gain, and overall health on a poultry broiler farm. 

Testing Methods

  • A 30-gallon drum and a Dosatron water-driven pump were installed in four separate barns on a single farm. The water distribution system in each barn was “shocked” in order to remove any gross buildup of biomass. Pumps were set to a low, continuous dose concentration for the duration of the grow phase.
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