The climate is changing; the very dry weather that we are experiencing now can be suddenly followed by heavy rainfall. The dry ground resists the rainfall resulting in large scale runoff, erosion and the loss of a much needed resource. As a grower it is essential that the key resource of water is managed effectively. But the question is always: how?
There are many water storage systems such as tanks, lagoons and large reservoirs which manage water. However, to have total control and security of supply, the right quality and volume is needed at the right time, which makes a large volume closed water system the logical choice.
Genap introduced the GenaFlexstore years ago as an anti-algae solution. Simon Jones, Genap, says "since then it has been further developed into what it is today: a sustainable, completely closed water storage system in which the UV-resistant tank liner and floating cover are integrated into one unit. The water quality remains intact, it stays free of sand, dust and algae, and the water cannot evaporate."
Genap supplies this product to many countries with a hot and dry climate. There it is used for both irrigation and as drinking water. "The GenaFlexstore, with some adjustments, can be retrofitted into existing tanks and is easy to install and maintain," says Simon.
The concept of closed water systems extends to the Pillow tank, originally developed for manure storage but now suitable for temporary or permanent water storage. Installation only requires a flat surface and the system is operational in no time at all.
"It is a completely closed system with no contact to air, so bacterial contamination, pollution or evaporation are minimal if they happen at all. The system can last up to 15 years and requires little maintenance. Moreover, the tanks have a low transport volume and are easy to relocate or store for future use after they have been emptied.”
Two systems, one result
Although the Pillow tank and the GenaFlexstore work completely differently, the result is the same: clean water and maximum use of the existing storage capacity. These are available solutions now. The periods of drought seem to be getting ever longer and water storage management deserves more attention than ever before.