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Saturday, 5 November 2016

Flood Defense on the Irrigation Line

Today we finished work on our new flood gate.This will divert the water of the Irrigation Line down to the river in times of flooding. This will protect the majority of the line from flood damage.

I am looking for the best line down.
 OK Looking good.

 Into action

 The placing of the wheels.

 Drilling. Lucas and Errol.

 Flattening and sealing the base of the gate. I am the Yesso man. Errol is making the mix and Victor is taking the photos.
Some fine tuning to get the correct flow into the tunnels. Yesso sets hard underwater. It is an amazing building material.

 Looking good.
So there we are - an installed flood gate - the first on the line for at least four decades. Pray for rain.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

More adventures on the Irrigation Line

On Monday the water stopped flowing, so, into action. !

This pipe was blocked with roots and maybe a turtle. !
 Here you can see the lack of water. !
 No flow and Blondina is taking a look. !
 Good level, so the block, or leak, is a bit further downstream.
 Ahaa - Errol and Lucas caught some roots and produced more flow.
 More rodding. !
 Barbara and Andreas have found a hole in the wall. This was loosing us a lot of water and the levels came up quickly when it was "plugged".
 Errol and Lucas working on the first pipe.
This is me checking the hole behind the plastic. The plastic is a bit past it's sell by date. Tony is shining the torch to pin point the place.

This is where we have an air valve - a cork in the pipe.
 Here is Rory looking at the magic plug. !
It was a successful mission and by Tuesday night the Ram Pump was working again and we had full flow of water.

We successfully cleared a blockage , filled a hole, and vented an air lock. Good team work, good morale and an excellent result. !