Award-winning water efficiency measures in Northern Ireland
On the farm
- 10 000 litre rainwater tanks capture fresh water
- Wastewater measures, UV water treatment and filtration systems in place
- Total cost savings up up to 50 %
Broughgammon is family-owned goat farm in Northern Ireland and winner of the 2014 UK Water Efficiency Award. Measures introduced on the 50-acre property help to capture and conserve water destined for use in the farm house and for the animals. The farm has also set up a wastewater system for treating and reusing greywater on plants.
The farm has two 10 000 litre rainwater tanks to provide non-drinking water to the house, with the option of adding a treatment cycle in the future so the water can be made drinkable. A separate system has been installed for the 300-strong goat herd and for on-site processing of local seaweed. A UV treatment and filter system is also in place to supply potable water in the future, and the farm has further plans of installing a water turbine to complement the two wind turbines already in place.
In addition to the savings on water, Broughgammon's water management measures benefit the environment and local waterways. It uses a 'biokube' wastewater facility with tertiary treatment through reeds and plants taking place before clean water is discharged into water system.
For an investment of under € 2 000, the farm has transformed its approach to water capture, use and discharge, leading to total savings of up to 50 %, or around € 300 annually.
Broughgammon farm, http://broughgammon.com/about-us/
Waterwise water efficiency organisation, http://www.waterwise.org.uk/pages/rainwater-harvesting.html