Why install an ePump?
Farmer Simon Wilson is a busy man; but since installing an ePump he’s got one less thing to worry about.
The pumping system had been a game changer on Mount Herbert hill country sheep and beef station in Central Hawke’s Bay.
Due to the lay of the land, running electricity uphill to deliver stock water was not a feasible option. But the pump’s solar panel could be installed almost anywhere and provided the perfect solution for a hard to reach area.
The man hours required to re-fuel a diesel pump, and Health and Safety factors of carting fuel were also a factor in his decision to go solar.
Simon said the initial outlay on purchasing an ePump had been well worth time and money saved in the long run.
“It’s been a fantastic– it just gets the job done, and is constantly topping up the water without any input from me. With our diesel pump we’d have to check on it once a week, the benefit of an ePump is that it works away on its own.”
Self-sufficiency and reliability made it an extremely valuable asset, and allowed Simon to take holiday’s in summer without the concern stock would run out of water.
“We have had problems in that area of the farm before, where the water would get low and our diesel pump wouldn’t be able to keep up. Now I can set it and know the ePump is delivering water little and often.”
Another benefit of the ePump was easy installation, with simple connections between the pump and the panels.
The kitset includes a standalone, fully automatic solar pumping system that will pump water, even in the remotest areas.
Because it’s a low voltage system, there was no need for electrician or builder to install.
Like any pump, the system benefits from an annual service to look for wear and tear and check the oil. Brushes, leathers etc will need changing over time. These parts can be sourced from pretty much any pump provider or stockist.
A case study of 11 New Zealand farms, conducted by the Ministry for Primary Industries revealed significant returns on stock water reticulation systems – both in monetary terms and farmer well-being.
One key finding was the “peace of mind” factor, mentioned by all case study farmers – particularly relating to having water readily available during dry, drought periods.
Other positives mentioned were better grazing management, improved pasture utilisation and/or better pasture production, improved stock numbers and or performance.