Water is flowing into your home irrigation system, but how much does it actually cost?
Water has been a problem in many parts of Australia, and many Australians are now looking to use irrigation backflow systems for water savings.
The Australian Water Consumer Association (AWCA) says backflow irrigation systems can save you up to 80 per cent of the cost of your system repair.
“You can get a system that can cost around $5,000 to $10,000,” AWCA Water Consumer spokesperson Joanne Latham says.
“But if you get a good system and it does work and it’s a water-efficient system, you can save around $2,000.”
But there are still a few things to consider.
Water is flowing through the system at higher than normal rates.
Water has been flowing through your system since the late 1800s, but the average rate of water flow has been going down.
“In the last 20 years, there’s been a lot of changes to the water management system, and water is now being diverted from reservoirs and aquifers,” Dr Latham said.
“The amount of water being diverted into water treatment and sewage treatment, that’s all going up.”
So what are the problems?
Water in the system is diverted to treatment and is diverted back into the system.
The system is designed to stop water being discharged into the atmosphere, and the water that is discharged is treated to make it safe to drink.
But the system can also leak, which can lead to issues like corrosion.
“Some of the systems that we’ve seen are leaking, so the pipes are going through and leaking water, and that’s a serious problem,” Dr. Latham explained.
“And you’re talking about potentially damaging the pipes, and potentially damaging a water supply.
So we’ve actually seen these systems in some parts of the world leak.”
Water quality is also being impacted.
Water from the irrigation system is being treated to remove chlorine, which could affect your water quality.
“If you’re in a very dirty environment and the amount of chlorine in the water is high, you’re going to get a bad taste,” Dr Dennison said.
There are a number of other issues that can affect the quality of your water, including leaks, contamination, and lead and cadmium levels.
“We know that lead can leach into your drinking water.
That’s why we put in pumps, because we know that the more lead that comes into the drinking water system, the higher the risk of lead exposure,” Dr Gautier said.
How do I get a water system repaired?
Dr Dennisons advice is to go to your local water supplier for a quote.
“There are some people who have got their own systems that they can actually get their system repaired and they can take the system back to the supplier and have them do a quality control,” Dr Cammie said.
But you’ll also need to get approval from your local council.
“So if your water supplier doesn’t have the capacity to do the quality control, then they can’t fix it,” Dr Kowal said.
You can’t just come in and complain about your water system.
“It’s your responsibility to get it fixed.
That can cost up to $500.”
What do I do if my irrigation system needs repairs?
If your water is leaking, it’s very easy to make sure your irrigation pipes aren’t leaking.
“Water pipes can leak,” Dr Tarrant said.
“If there’s any sort of corrosion, you’ll need to replace it.”
There’s also a way to reduce the amount your system needs to be replaced, and it involves a water treatment system.
“We’ve seen that it takes about two years for the system to be flushed out of the system,” Dr Parnell said.
If your irrigation is corroded, then you’ll want to do something about that.
“Well, the thing is, it has to be washed,” Dr Whelan said.”[We] need to wash it, you’ve got to replace the valves.
You’ve got that out of there.
You don’t want to have the water running into your house, you want to stop that water.”
The best advice is that you don’t let your water run dry, but rather make sure you’re not getting too much water.
“Take the water out and rinse it well, and if you’re getting that water out, put it back in,” Dr Mee said.