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Irrigation system, current status and a brief review of the future

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Posted by Victor Barahona over 11 years ago

Here shows you the current status of the irrigation system in our site, we are improving the system with one earth dam, water tanks and more..


Garden is currently not available in our Permaculture’ site, the main reason is we haven’t a proper water distribution, the field is very long and too much time is neccesary on moving it from side to side, so for now only we have fruit trees, watered by hand. We are working to improve this and we’ll hope this summer to ensure trouble-free irrigation. We are going to see the current situation that we are, we see in the picture below:



irrigation system, current status

We have a wellspring of very small but steady flow. Along with it we built a small pond to ensure a minimum of water in summer. From there to the highest point on the farm there are 9 m of altitude, and to the house, below, we have another 10 m, on the house we do not have water. Currently, we recharge 2 sprinklers of 10 liters in the spring and take them where necessary, but the site has more than 200m long. Obviously this has to be improved.

In future entries we will explain the improvements we are doing, but in summary form what we will do is the following:

– Expand the pond to do between 5 and 7 m3, not plastic, is an earth dam, dike of 1-1,5 m high and 6 m wide, we’re doing now.

– Put two tanks of 1000 liters each (expandable) at the highest point of the property for irrigation. This is already done.

– Pump from the pond to the tanks, pumping will be done with pump but in the future we hope to use a hydraulic ram, we have a very old to be repaired. Pending.

– The pond to the house, with two connections: one for giving water to the side, with a referral to the orchard, where drip irrigate. The other one for future hydraulic turbine. We’re on it.

– From the tanks, two outputs, one for the Kiwis drip irrigation and the other one with two plugs at different heights for hand-watering fruit trees. Pending.

See you soon ... in the next article





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