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Sustainable use of rainwater

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The past few months have been very dry. We have pumped up around 4,000 m3 of rainwater from our underground storage facility in recent weeks to make sure we have enough irrigation water for our nursery. How does this work exactly? We tell you more about it in this article.

Rain is the best source of fresh water, because of its excellent quality and because it is free. Throughout the year, enough rain falls to water all the plants in our nursery, but it doesn’t always fall when we need it most. Dry spells in the spring and summer can lead to a water shortage, while periods of heavy rainfall create a surplus.

We’ve constructed two large water basins and an underground water storage facility behind our new building to solve this problem. The basins can hold up to 11,000 cubic meters of rainwater. When heavy rains create a surplus, the excess water runs through a pipe to the storage facility 40 metres below ground, deep in the sand. During a dry spell, we can pump this water up to replenish the basins. It’s a sustainable and economical way to ensure a permanent supply of high-quality water!

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