Leaking effluent ponds are not an unusual concern for farmers and landowners to have, made tougher by the difficultly in accurately determining the rate of any leakage. Leaking ponds can pollute groundwater and affect the water quality of downstream waterways. Today, Regional Councils are cracking down on those who own or manage effluent ponds where compliance can’t be demonstrated. Increasingly, court orders and large fines are being issued to companies and individuals who do not comply with increasingly stricter rules.
The WSP Pond Drop Test is the only test available that is accepted by all Regional Council’s in NZ. Using our expert engineers and with significant R&D investment, WSP have developed this highly accurate specialist equipment in-house.
Having this test undertaken on your farm will be of value to you both environmentally and economically. It will provide clear answers to the questions:
- What rate is my pond leaking at? and,
- Do I need to upgrade it or other parts of my effluent system?
For peace of mind, our test can confirm that your pond does not have excessive seepage. However, if repairs or improvements are required, our rural professionals can discuss with you options that will benefit your farm assets, your land and the environment.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
Seeking assistance with the maintenance of your on-farm operations? Our experts have a range of expertise in the development and project management of rural projects, particularly for on-farm infrastructure. Our service offerings include:
- Effluent pond design
- Effluent pond management
- Dams and on-farm water storage
- Irrigation design
- Farm infrastructure
- Land and nutrient management
- Land-use feasibility studies
- Resource consents and permits