James is a prominent pig and beef farmer in the Ballinderry river catchment. The main problem on the farm is that yard water is caught in a slurry reception tank which has limited capacity.
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The main problem on the farm is that yard water is caught in a slurry reception tank which has limited capacity. There is a manually operated pump in the reception tank which must be switched on to empty the reception tank into the above ground slurry store. The reception tank collects water from a large yard area, so fills up quickly during high rainfall events. If the pump in the store isn’t switched on, maybe because no one is around or staff forget, the tank can overflow into the adjacent field which leads to a tributary of the Ballinderry river.
The project aims to solve this problem by a combination of measures. Firstly, a float operated pump installed in the reception tank. When the float reaches a certain threshold, the pump will engage to pump the dirty water into the adjacent above ground slurry store. This reduces the risk of the tank overflowing and removes the need to manually switch on the pump. A channel will be installed across the yard to intercept yard water before it reaches the tank. This yard water will be diverted across the road to a portion of poor quality land where our nature based water management system will be located. The nature based water management system will consist of approx 200m of swales, interswale plots of nutrient hungry plants and an area of mixed trees for bioremediation and habitat creation.