A revolutionary water system within the nursery industry!
The primary reason for beginning this project was to provide a back up water source for irrigation if we were to experience serious water drought conditions. However, Sheridan Nurseries has realized what a HUGE benefit this is for both the company and the environment. Our pond is 32 million gallons, 32 feet deep and covers 3.5 acres, while the collection and recycling area is another 3 acres!
Our new system is a fully functional bio-pond, which captures rainwater and over-spray run off from our farms and filters the water through the series of settling ponds and water plants making it a self sufficient and environmentally friendly source for irrigation water. This system will recycle a minimum of 278,000 and up to 720,000 gallons of irrigation use each day through critical summer months.
What does this mean? It is estimated that in 2010 our bio-pond has reduced our draw from the river systems by approximately 24%. This represents a reduction of 40,000,000 gallons of water a year – an accomplishment that Sheridan Nurseries is very proud of! IT is amazing to see silt laden water enter the fore-bay and almost perfectly clear water spill out into the pond without any chemical treatment.