Agriculture & Horticulture Runoff
For over 20 years we have been developing sustainable solutions for treating and recycling contaminated runoff from horticulture, hydroponic, agriculture and aquaculture activities. We can design and build a wetland system to remove organic matter, nutrients and plant pathogens from your runoff, whether it is to achieve a sustainable irrigation recycling system or reduce impacts on the environment.
Tom Headley pioneered irrigation recycling systems for plant nurseries using reed beds to remove nitrogen, phosphorus and waterborne pathogens in closed-loop systems during his PhD in the late 1990’s. Such systems can reduce the irrigation water consumption of nurseries by 40%, while maintaining clean irrigation water in closed-loop systems without excessive consumption of chemicals (chlorination, bromination, pH adjustment) by avoiding algae blooms in storage dams.
Tom has also worked on dairy drainage wetland systems in NZ, using surface flow wetlands to remove nitrate in sensitive catchments. In Australia, we can apply wetlands to help protect the Great Barrier Reef by achieving nitrogen reduction targets in agricultural catchments.
Wetlands can also be used to treat the wash-down water from dairy milking sheds, cattle feed-lots, poultry farms, zoos and other intensive animal-husbandry activities. We also have experience treating wastewater from aquaculture farms, both fresh and saltwater. For saltwater aquaculture, we use mangroves and salt marsh plants which are salt tolerant.
If you have a farm and are wanting to improve the sustainability of your operations, conserve water, recycle irrigation water and reduce the impact on waterways, we are happy to work with you to develop a solution.
OUR AGRICULTURE & HORTICULTURE SERVICES INCLUDE: