Category Archives: Irrigation

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GREYWATER

Greywater At a domestic scale many householders currently re-use their greywater for garden watering. What is Greywater? Water that is discharged from household appliances and water using fixtures such as: showers/baths washing machines & washing sinks kitchen sinks & dishwashers (If used for disposal of fats and proteins, then not recommended) It excludes water discharged from toilets, bidets and urinals (black water) . What are the risks in using Greywater? Greywater contains large numbers of bacteria that may include disease causing organisms. It also contains a number of pollutants including […]

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Mulches

Preventing Evaporation By Using Mulches

To prevent the water held in the soil from evaporating the soil needs a cover. In fact you should feel uneasy when you see bare land-it’s like skin with a layer missing. The most effective way to protect soil is to use mulches. Mulch is a layer over the soil which protects it from the damaging effects of wind, sun and water. Mulches have several special functions and multiple benefits: They reduce soil evaporation and therefor inhibit soil salination and general water loss, thereby saving water They increase water infiltration […]

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Hot Compost 5

HOT COMPOSTING STEP BY STEP

Hot Composting, Step By Step   DAY 1 Mix together ingredients by laying then in alternating thin layers of “greens” and “browns”. Wet the compost heap down very well so it is dripping water out of the bottom and is saturated. §  Can put activator in the middle of compost heap to start off composting process. Activators include comfrey, nettles, yarrow, animal, fish, urine, or old compost.   DAY 4 Turn the compost heap over, outside turned to inside, inside turned to outside. To explain in more detail, when turning […]

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Rain Harvesting ring main

Steps to Rain Harvesting

Steps to Rain Harvesting-Part 1 Determine your intention: Why harvest rain water: To use in the garden Dispersed under gravity Pumped Connected into your existing irrigation system To use in your home Supplying water to the washing machine Supplying water to the toilets Supplying water into the whole house Used as a water reserve Determine the quantity of water required and in what season Determine the gutter outlets (and square meters roof) available to harvest rain water Determine your rain harvest potential: Roof area available (eg: 100m2) Annual rain fall in […]

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leaking irrigation sprinkler valve

Is your irrigation system leaking?

It’s not unusual to find a water meter registering flow even though all the taps are off. This can be attributed to your irrigation systems solenoid valves leaking. Unfortunately it is not always easy to see if the solenoid values are leaking, as the water can exit the irrigation zone in an area that is not visible, and even small leaks over time become big bills. The best way to check for leaking values, is to first determine if your water meter registers flow when all the taps are off. […]

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