The risk of contamination of irrigation water is an important factor when deciding on your initial storage decision. Collecting rainwater, for irrigation purposes, is a major consideration for many protected cropping businesses. Growers that collect rainwater have historically built lined ponds/reservoirs or use standard tanks (that have limited storage capabilities).
Recently, Kauri Park nurseries installed 2 x 1000m3 Flexi Tanks. I was interested in their feedback on the new storage system that so many growers and farmers are now installing.
"We see water as an asset, so wished to capture all rainwater going onto the tunnel houses. We have a dam that collects the runoff but thought that rainwater is better quality than dam water and will need less filtration. We were looking at large open-topped tanks, and during this research, we came across the Flexi Tanks. It made total sense as the water storage will be contained and not accessible to waterfowl," said the Director of Kauri Park, Terry Wearmouth.
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