With four years of drought already taxing state water supplies to the limit and the prospects of a fifth year looming, an Ogden businessman believes the time has come for a new water conservation program.

Gene Seifert, president of Condor Industries Inc., has developed a two-pronged approach to water conservation in trees, shrubs, orchards, lawns and flowers.The first part of the program is Aqua-Life Crystals, a polyacrylamide, that Seifert imports from England. The crystals are about twice the size of a pinhead and can absorb 400 times their original size of water, which means one pound of crystals can absorb up to 40 gallons of water in the soil.

The second phase involves drilling a hole in the ground near a tree. That's so his second part of the program can be used. It's the Aqua-Life M-90 Injector, a device that has taken Seifert several years to develop.

After the appropriate amount of crystals, which can be obtained from several sources, are mixed in a can of water, a hose is attached from the can to the injector. The injector is put in the drilled hole and a sudden burst of water and crystals goes into the ground and doesn't disturb the surface.

Plant roots attach themselves to the crystals, providing a long-lasting water supply to the plants and a 20-70 percent savings in water, Seifert said. The crystals are still 95 percent effective after five years, making it an economical way to conserve water.

Seifert said other items such as fertilizer, fungicides and nutrients also can be injected into the soil at the same time. He said the crystals have been certified as non-toxic by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Now that Seifert has developed a system for water conservation for trees, he is working on a device to inject the crystals into established lawns. This device should be available in a few months.

Introduction of Aqua-Life crystals may be new to Utah, but they have received attention before. In the summer of 1990 issue of Colorado Green, an article quotes several people who had favorable

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