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in irrigation, reticulation & pumping


Irrigear
provides a complete range of water and fluid management solutions, on this page you will find four case studies.

Cobram Irrigation VIC – Commercial water treatment, Murray Goulburn Co-Operative, Cobram, Victoria

Southwest Irrigation NSW – Automation & Remote Monitoring, Harberecht’s Pit Quarry, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales

Rural Irrigation Supplies NSW – Commercial water management, Avoca Vale Chicken Farm, New South Wales

Southwest Irrigation NSW – Industrial solar pumping irrigation, mixed farming enterprise, SW of Wagga Wagga, New South Wales

 

Case Studies: Industrial

Commercial water treatment, Murray Goulburn Co-Operative
Cobram, VIC, 3644

IRRIGEAR Member: COBRAM IRRIGATION Go To Member Profile

Serving Victoria and Southern New South Wales since 1989, they have built their reputation on product support, listening to the customers and providing practical, efficient and cost-effective solutions to water and fluid management problems.

www.cobramirrigation.com
info@cobramirrigation.com.au

Milk maker stays sustainable by upgrading waste-water treatment

Problem

A milk manufacturer in Cobram was enjoying consistent production increases and had outgrown its existing water treatment facility. Water sustainability was a key principle of the Murray Goulburn Co-Operative, manufacturer of milk and associated products primarily marketed through the well-known Devondale brand.

Cobram Irrigation had worked with the business for over 20 years and this upgraded water treatment project would be part of one of the largest private water re-use schemes in Australia.

Irrigear Solution

Irrigear store - Cobram Irrigation conducted an extensive site review and considered several options. The agreed solution would return treated water to a series of dairy farms for re-use.

Wastewater from the milk manufacturer was treated and piped to a cluster of eight large dairy farms in East Cobram. A 37km pipeline pumped 1,000 mega litres of treated waste-water annually during the August-May irrigation season.

Treated water arriving to the farms was then mixed with irrigation water so as to adhere with Environment Protection Authority (EPA) guidelines concerning conductivity, nitrogen and phosphorous content. Water quality is constantly monitored via electronic telemetry equipment.

Results

The upgrade to the milk manufacturer’s waste-water treatment facility was developed expertly to satisfy the sustainability parameters of the EPA, other regulatory bodies, and the business owners.

The project was well-regarded and did receive financial support from the Victorian Government through a $1.25 million Regional Development Grant, contributing to the overall project cost of $7 million.

Commercial water treatment, Murray Goulburn Co-Operative. Designed and implemented by IRRIGEAR Member Cobram Irrigation.

Automation & Remote Monitoring, Harberecht’s Pit Quarry
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

IRRIGEAR Member: SOUTHWEST IRRIGATION Go To Member Profile

Southwest Irrigation is a family company providing irrigation services to Wagga Wagga and the surrounding region. Owned and operated by Shane & Mary Carroll, Southwest Irrigation employs some of the world's most advanced water management technologies and specialise in filtration, solar-powered pumping and remote monitoring equipment and systems.

www.southwestirrigation.com.au
info@southwestirrigation.com.au

Quarry upkeep pits tech against rainfall

Problem

A pit quarry in Wagga Wagga is typically inundated with water after long periods of rainfall. The Harberecht Pit Quarry needed this water to be removed and transferred to neighbouring dams through a sophisticated automation and monitoring system. The owners wanted a solution that avoided unnecessary trips to the quarry site – a 170km round trip.

Irrigear Solution

Irrigear store Southwest Irrigation supplied and installed a suitably sized Solar Pump System to support de-watering of the quarry. The solar pump system is capable of transferring up to 55,000 litres per day, moving water from the quarry to the adjacent settling dams.

To avoid labour and fuel costs associated with site visits, an automation and monitoring system was installed to allow constant control of the water transfer between the quarry and the dams.

The system instructed the solar pump system to transfer water from the quarry to a pre-determined level in the lower of two dams. Once this level is reached, a valve is automatically closed and the remaining transferred water redirected to the higher dam. Again, a valve is automatically closed in the higher dam once its own pre-determined level is reached. The solar pump system automatically shut offs once both dam levels have been reached and will only reactivate when dam levels recede.

The installation of one-way and air relief valves in the pipeline between the two settling dams allowed remote priming and the creation of a syphon transfer, avoiding the need for pump activation and a further reduction in operating costs.

All system operations – all valves and pumps - could be adjusted remotely through a secure interface online – a web page – accessible on computer or through a mobile device, such as an iPhone.

Sophisticated monitoring of the system allowed instant alerts to be sent to selected mobile devices – via text message – indicating key diagnostics such as high or low dam water levels, stuck open or closed valves and other warnings of the system operating outside of its defined parameters. Remote operation and monitoring were ‘always-on’ and accessible any time of the day or night.

The system consisted of products from Iplex Pipelines and Plasson Poly Fittings.

Results

The owners of the Harberecht Pit Quarry have ensured the quality and reliability of the site is maintained through a sophisticated automation and monitoring system. The have reduced costs through innovative technology, allowing operation and monitoring of the system to be conducted remotely.

Key information including up-to-date dam water levels, pump status, water flows, site & system photography and recorded rainfalls can all be viewed immediately in the office, home or on-the-road, increasing productivity and accuracy.

Industrial Pumping, Automation & Remote Monitoring - Harberecht’s Pit Quarry

Automation, remote monitoring and control of dewatering and dam levels at Harberecht Pit Quarry. Installed and maintained by IRRIGEAR Member Southwest Irrigation.

Commercial water management, Avoca Vale Chicken Farm
Casino, NSW, 2470

IRRIGEAR Member: RURAL IRRIGATION SUPPLIES Go To Member Profile

Rural Irrigation Supplies have provided water management, irrigation and pumping services and solutions in Casino, New South Wales for over 30 years. They are experts in water management solutions and supply, design, install and maintain irrigation systems to businesses and homeowners in the Richmond Valley and the Northern Rivers. 

www.ruralirrigation.com
info@ruralirrigation.com

Chook farm lays strong foundation with wise use of water

Problem

A chicken farm in Avoca Vale needed efficient and reliable cooling, drinking and wash-down facilities to compete in this highly water-intensive industry.

Brett Hannigan from Avoca Dale Chicken Farms stressed his need for water to be available on demand and in good supply.

Irrigear Solution

Irrigear store - Rural Irrigation Supplies delivered a complete water management solution consisting of pumps, pipework and tanks, including;

  • 2x Grundfos SP8A-33 Stainless Steel Submersible Borehole Pumps
  • Grundfos MP204 Motor Protection Unit fitted to pumps that supplies water to two 250,000 litre Highline Water Storage Tanks
  • 3x Grundfos CR3-15 Vertical Multistage Pumps
  • Grundfos AP12-50 Stainless Steel Sump Pumps
  • 5000 litre water storage tank and a Grundfos CH2-50 PT Pressure System to supply drinking water

Water was supplied from a borehole and pumped into two 250,000L tanks, then reticulated to the farm through multiple supply lines. Each supply line was controlled via central point, allowing simpler and more flexible maintenance.

Wash-down and fogging required higher water pressure and was achieved by bypassing reticulated water through three vertical multistage pumps.

Cooling was achieved through sump pumps delivering water to 12 cool cells distributed evenly between six sheds.

Drinking water to each shed was supplied from 5000L water storage tanks, installed in each of the six sheds.

Results

The owners of the Avoca Vale Chicken Farm have increased water efficiency and reduced costs through a custom designed water management system.

“Irrigear - Rural Irrigation Supplies has been able to supply the expertise and back up service needed for the success of our operation. We couldn't be happier," said Brett.  

Commercial primary producer water management solution - Avoca Vale Chicken Farm

Complete water system management solution for Avoca Vale Chicken Farm. Installed and maintained by IRRIGEAR Member Rural Irrigation Supplies.

Industrial solar pumping irrigation, mixed farming enterprise
SW of Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

IRRIGEAR Member: SOUTHWEST IRRIGATION Go To Member Profile

Southwest Irrigation is a family company providing irrigation services to Wagga Wagga and the surrounding region. Owned and operated by Shane & Mary Carroll, Southwest Irrigation employs some of the world's most advanced water management technologies and specialise in filtration, solar-powered pumping and remote monitoring equipment and systems.

www.southwestirrigation.com.au
info@southwestirrigation.com.au

Emu farm gets drought-proofed to satisfy big thirst

Problem

A mixed farming enterprise in remote New South Wales was experiencing ongoing water supply issues, threatening livestock and increasing operating costs.

The owner, Ian Marsden, had already drilled a bore and needed a solution to harvest it properly and maintain a cost-effective and reliable power source to his remote property.

Irrigear Solution

Irrigear store - Southwest Irrigation designed an irrigation solution that used a solar pump, pipes and fittings.

The Nov Mono 400W Sun-Sub solar pumping system supplied up to 16,000L per day over summer, connected with Iplex Pipelines and Plasson Poly Fittings.

Results

The solar pump avoided the need for a wired electrical source – altogether impossible in remote Australia – and guaranteed water supply to the farm. The owner is now confident that his property will have access to water throughout the year, effectively drought-proofing his farm and ensuring the health of his livestock.

Industrial solar pumping irrigation - mixed farming enterprise

Nov Mono 400W Sun-Sub Solar Pumping System, Pumping System Installation and Testing. Installed and maintained by IRRIGEAR Member Southwest Irrigation.

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