The water is supplied by the Wairere stream which has its source about 30 km towards Kaikohe. (For information about the Wairere see CANYON on the main page.) The stream runs through native bush swamp land and forestry and finally ends in the BOULDER VALLEY where the waters get enriched by oxygen. The water is totally natural and does not need any treatment for human and animal consumption. The stream has proven to be draught proof. It never dried out in the past, even during the heaviest draughts when all rivers and creeks in the area ran out of water.
The intake of the system lies above the level of all buildings, and the supply system is based on gravity. The water is fed to two tanks that lie above the house and the cottage. No pumps are needed. The house, cottage and cowshed have each a water supply. Water to the two work Sheds can easily be installed, as the lines are already present.
Each paddock has its own water supply, either a pond or a trough, where the animals can drink throughout the year. There is the possibility to fill some of these bulldozed or natural ponds with water from the supply system, so that in drier seasons these reservoirs can be regularly filled. We never had to do this, but the option is available.
|The picture shows one of the many bulldozed ponds inside the paddock. Animals love to congregate around them and refresh, thanks to their cooling effect in summer. In winter there are enough puddles and little pools around for animals to drink in.|