Article | October 2, 2017

Water And Food: One Man's Vision

Jim Lauria

By Jim Lauria

Front photo w-Angelo
Mazzei’s innovative Pipeline Flash Reactor — now fine-tuned with state-of-the-art computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling — packs powerful mixing and shearing action into an area only the length of 3 to 5 diameters of the mainstream pipeline.

Angelo Mazzei has always thought locally and acted globally. Born and raised in California’s San Joaquin Valley — one of the world’s most productive farming regions — Angelo worked for his uncle’s 10,000-acre farming operation after graduating from college. There he saw a pressing need for a system that would allow farmers to safely and efficiently inject fertilizer into their irrigation water — a task made even more challenging with the 1968 introduction of high-pressure water supplies through the California Aqueduct, a 400-mile-long water conveyance system. A new approach was vital.

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