NEW – Installation of Drip Irrigation Systems

The project is part of The Gold Standard’s Water Benefit Standard certification system, which certifies water performance of projects. These can be bought by Corporations, NGOs and governmental organisations and serve as means of ongoing funding for the project.

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Water Reclamation for Reuse and Groundwater Recharge

Designed in collaboration with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the project also included the construction of a new reclaimed water distribution network and the construction of Rapid Infiltration Basins for groundwater recharge. At a project cost of $US344 million, financed primarily through municipal bonds complemented by a grant from the US EPA, it succeeded in [...]

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Pilot Low Cost Irrigation Scheduling

An investigation was undertaken to find a solution that farmers could implement into their farming methods in order to reduce water consumption and then, in the future, seek a scaling up of that strategy. Tensiometers were trialed and made attractive to farmers through a structured field test, the results of which could then be used [...]

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Managing Evapotranspiration Using Quotas

Because overexploitation of groundwater across the basin is estimated to be 9 billion cubic meters annually, a program was developed to address the supply demand balance within the river basin, recognizing the impacts downstream. A 7-year program was developed (ending in 2011) that involved the implementation of an integrated water and environmental management strategy in [...]

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Irrigation Scheduling in Grape Farming

In order to minimize water use Shelanu Farm, a small but highly intensive farm  using modern technology, optimized its water irrigation scheduling based on data automatically received from soil moisture (capacitance) probes and analysis using a sophisticated computerized monitoring and management system. Soils around the farm vary considerably and the automated system allows variable irrigation [...]

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Irrigation Optimization

Since there are no realistic opportunities for the introduction of lucrative cash crops, efforts have been directed towards getting the best results out of the crops traditionally grown such as maize, wheat, dry bean and lucerne through a combination of approaches. These include both the implementation of the latest equipment, effective irrigation systems, and the [...]

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Irrigation Network Renewal

The Project involved real-time monitoring and control of flows, lining the main channel, installing sprinkler and drip irrigation system and a central data repository of irrigation system flows and abstractions. The water entitlement aspect of the project was developed to help transition from inefficient practices and low value crops to efficient practices and higher valued [...]

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Irrigation Management

The main crops that grow in the area - lucerne, potato, groundnut, maize, oats and barley - are difficult to grow profitably, hence the negative perception. Changes needed to be made, to ensure the financial survival of the farmers in the Upper Orange River Catchment through increased productivity as well as reduce the amount of [...]

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Improving Water Availability through Wastewater Treatment

This project, implemented over a 10-year period, improves available resource through the capture and treatment of urban and industrial wastewater flows and returning them for direct or indirect re-use in irrigation. A key element to the project’s success was the enaction of policy and legislation that enforces the “Polluter Pays” principle, enabling waste water treatment [...]

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Improved Water Management for Sugarcane Production

?The project intervention focused on introducing improved water management practices to reduce water use, in parallel with improved crop practices to increase crop yield. The program started small but grew to encompass over 1,000 farmers. Specifically, the project implemented several irrigation-related interventions, including: replacing serpentine irrigation with furrow irrigation, making irrigation scheduling dependent on estimated [...]

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