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Agricultural Rainwater Harvesting Study, Co. Meath

This project involved the design, installation, commissioning and monitoring of rainwater harvesting on a farm

Agricultural Rainwater Harvesting Study, Co. Meath

This project involved the design, installation, commissioning and monitoring of rainwater harvesting on a farm.

Agricultural Rainwater Harvesting

The recent socio-economic development in Ireland is posing problems for water supply infrastructures never intended to service the levels of demand being experienced. 

All mains water supplied to agriculture  in Ireland is treated to drinking water quality standards, regardless of the end use. 

New water-efficient farming practices in Ireland such as innovative crop technologies, drip irrigation systems and rain water harvesting technologies will all need to be developed and applied.

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The project involved the design, installation, commissioning and monitoring of rainwater harvesting on a 250-acre livestock farm located at Clonalvy, Co. Meath.  Mains water is supplied to the farm by Meath County Council.

Rainwater from the roofs  is drained by gravity to an underground collection tank, fitted with a pump, a float switch, a floating suction filter and an overflow pipe. Harvested rainwater was pumped to elevated storage tanks.  A back-up  mains water supply is connected to the rainwater reservoir. The harvested rainwater supplies all drinking troughs for cattle on the farm.

Properly engineered and constructed rainwater harvesting systems can provide a valuable resource to reduce dependence on mains water supply for agriculture users in Ireland.

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