A local angling club recently completed a second lake for their members. The first lake is spring fed with the second topped up from the overflow of the first. With grant funding and local support available the club committee approached SCL Water to establish if a borehole could be drilled to provide a further supply of water.
A Grundfos SQFlex solar powered pumping system was installed to provide an uninterrupted supply of water to the community for use in irrigation and as drinking water. A Grundfos SQF 2.5-2 solar powered submersible pump was installed in to the borehole.
More land was needed for production but this was limited by the amount of water that could be pumped from the well. The greatest constraint was the cost of fuel to run the diesel generators powering the pumps to lift water from the well and deliver it to the farms. With fuel costing around $600-$700 per year it was difficult to keep the farm profitable.
Gavin Fowler and his family own Boode Farm in Braunton Devon. They have around 600 acres of land, 90 acres of this is away from the main holding and is used for summer grazing. In the spring and summer up to 150 cattle are moved into this grazing so it is imperative that a constant water supply is available.