World Water Day

22 Mar 2022

World Water Day takes place on 22 March every year. That’s why today we are taking a closer look at our water footprint and the initiatives that we are taking at Gediflora to use water in the best possible way. It’s not only humans who need water to stay alive, plants cannot thrive without sufficient water either. That’s why we are trying to use every drop of water as efficiently as possible.

The rainwater collected on the roofs of the Gediflora site is reused in a variety of ways. For example, we use this water for ebb-and-flow irrigation, spraying via the irrigation booms, high-pressure misting and drip irrigation. Furthermore, all the water used on our premises is recirculated so that not a drop of water is wasted.

Water is a fundamental element for our plants. It goes through a long journey before it ends up on the plants. When it rains, the water collects on the roof of the storage building and the greenhouse. The water then flows into the rainwater cistern via the roof gutter. The water is then pumped out and passed through a UV filter. The result is pure water that can be used for irrigation purposes in the greenhouses and also for mixing with nutrients for our plants. All the water is then collected again and passed through the UV filter so that it can be used a second time.

Apart from this, at Gediflora we also make an effort to use water in a sensible way. In the summer, we only give the plants water at night to avoid loss of water through evaporation. Furthermore, the toilets and showers are also connected to the rainwater system, so that precious drinking water does not have to be used for this purpose.

Interesting fact : The volume of our water basin is 10,000 m³. This means that the amount of water we can store at Gediflora is equivalent to the capacity of 4  Olympic size swimming pools.