Many organisations are seeking ways of both adapting to climate change and minimising their environmental impact. Chinnor Rugby Football Club in Thame has found a clever and cost effective method of irrigating their playing pitches – by digging a borehole.
This modern version of a well involves drilling a hole around 10m deep which is then cased in steel, and a borehole pumping system is attached to collect natural water and pump it to the surface. Water is extracted up to the daily allowed amount and stored in a metal storage tank until required. An added advantage of this irrigation method is that water naturally percolates through the soil for future use, forming part of a natural water lifecycle.
Following a procurement process to find a suitably qualified installer, we worked in conjunction with AW Synergy Boreholes to dig the borehole, and also contractor Agripower to construct the storage tank. The whole project required careful planning and project management which we were happy to provide.
South Oxfordshire District Council funded the project via Section 106 developer contributions.
Chinnor Rugby Football Club will shortly have access to a ready supply of natural water to irrigate its pitches, which not only saves money but significantly reduces the environmental impact of using potable mains water.