Irrigation Water Capture Reuse


Purpose/Function:

Water would be recirculated for irrigation in nursery and greenhouse operations or irrigated at the proper times of year on other vegetation capable of trapping nutrients at agronomic rates, such as cool season grasses.

Initiation protocol:

Contact the local Soil Conservation District or University of Maryland Extension for assistance.

Implementation Factors (level of difficulty):

Difficult.

Costs:

Cost Estimates EPA MDA Average
Initial $- $7,500 $7,500
Annual $- $- $-
Lifespan (yrs) $- 15 15
Annualized $- $500 $500

 

Load Reduction Efficiency:

Average Total Nitrogen removed per acre of practice per year

Low

99.20 lbs.

Medium

103.88 lbs.

High

182.42 lbs.

Cost per pound removed: between $3 and $5

Average Total Phosphorous removed per acre of practice per year

Low

29.25 lbs.

Medium

     38.72 lbs.

High

47.99 lbs.

Cost per pound removed = between $10 and $17

Average Total Suspended Solids removed per acre of practice per year = N/A

Operation & Maintenance:

Proper maintenance involves anticipating the need for repairs and replacement of worn mechanical parts and damaged or broken pipes. Spare parts of commonly needed items should be kept on hand for emergencies. Periodic inspection of supply ditches or pipes, mechanical equipment (such as pumps, nozzles, emitters and filters) and distribution systems should be made throughout the irrigation season. It is a good idea to perform preventative maintenance in the fall, winter, and/or early spring to be ready for the next irrigation season.

Local Project Examples:

ANGELICA NURSERIES, Kent County http://angelicanurseries.com/

11129 Locust Grove Road
Kennedyville, Maryland 21645 

Phone: 410-928-3111

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