Case Study: Race Course, West Yorkshire
Dales Water Services Ltd. were contacted by a large race course in West Yorkshire to assess the viability of using a borehole water supply for race course irrigation.
Due to the size of the demand proposed by the Race Course Dales Water recognised that it would require a licensed borehole involving more administration and liaison with the Environment Agency to ensure that the race course stays within the regulations of the law. Dales Water were therefore asked by the Race Course to progress all the licensing requirements.
Even with the requirements the potential cost savings on mains water supply for race course irrigation were significant and furthermore the mains could not meet the demand for water.
A draft abstraction licence application was progressed, with the borehole drilled and pump tested to Environment Agency standards followed by the formal abstraction licence application being submitted and the borehole being finished to allow for long term pumping and onward distribution around the Race Course via a storage tank and a variable speed booster set.
The course now enjoys a virtually free water supply for irrigating the track to their exacting specifications even during extremely hot weather condition. Which the mains water supply couldn’t have accommodated for.
- Abstraction licence applied for and gained
- Detailed liaison with the Environment Agency
- Hydrogeology checked to ensure that a borehole water supply was suitable
- Borehole constructed and pump tested to Environment Agency standards
- Borehole capital cost recovered against mains water supply
- Irrigation demand kept up with by the borehole through water storage and a variable speed booster set.