Jack Scheres farm dairy effluent pond, Putaruru
Welded HDPE, geotextile and gas venting
A dramatic overnight effluent pond blow-out left Putaruru dairy farmer Jack Scheres quickly scrambling to find a solution.
He immediately contacted Environment Waikato to let them know what had happened, and he found himself in the middle of a major investigation.
Jack needed a quick solution. He contracted Bruce Nickalls Earthmoving and I.S. Dam Lining to construct a new lined pond with a capacity of 5,500 cubic metres. was established. I.S. Dam Lining calculated the pond size to Environment Waikato and Dairy NZ requirements. Particularly effort was made to ensure regulatory requirements were satisfied. The old pond was demolished and spread on the surrounding paddock.
A layer of geotextile was laid in the pond to act as a cushion to ensure any sharp objects wouldn’t pierce the liner in the future.
Jack says he chose an HDPE lining system as weld seams of the HDPE can be fully tested and guaranteed, unlike the rubber system. “We also looked at concrete but it is very expensive.”