No really it is one of those oh no! that’s funny, kind of stories.
The dam ended up really low, lowest we had ever seen it, it has never run dry though, I have often wondered if it is spring fed, but it doesn’t stay full just never dries up? anyhow I don’t know how it works & well I guess well there’s my next study, dam water’.
Rain! hadn’t had it for months, people in town were talking, “its the driest we’ve had in a long time”, paying for their tanks to be filled, lawns & gardens looking sad sparse, leaves in trees curled & underfoot the ground crunched & crackled, (drives me nuts when I see people mowing their lawn to dirt) anyway you get the picture it was dry.
I was excited as I had received piping not sure how big in circumference but black irrigation piping couple of hundred metres in length & a pump, petrol powered, another Mr & Mrs Great in our little street had a garage sale & allowed us to pay it all off. The piping reached from the dam which is in the middle of our property to the west paddocks where I’m going to need water often, which in distance from dam to paddock would have to reach roughly 200mtrs or there about. I had laid all this piping out & looked into gravity fed irrigation (in case there was a time when I couldn’t afford fuel) & can you get enough pressure to hook up a sprinkler system using this method? I had all the piping laid out & now it was just a matter of waiting for bless ed rain.
Well it didn’t just rain actually it poured, bucketed flash flooding in low lying areas over night, not quite news worthy but then again our little town is very rarely on the news, never the less, it rained! Over the few days of rain I was looking out the window everyday at our little dam and it was slowly slowly filling all the way to the bottle brush bases, whos branches drape over the watery edge as if summing the water up to its thirsty leaf tips.
Very exciting as I was sooo looking forward to testing the irrigation knowledge that I had acquired over last few months.
Ok so a couple of days later the rain had stopped & I noticed, wait what!?” the dam was all of a sudden quite low, a leak! in our dam! not now, not ever, how am going to afford to fix this can it be fixed, for 2 days I watched our little dam slowly descend into some unholy abyss, Well I’ll have to wait til the land dries out before I can even think about getting a tractor in to clean out the excess debris & reseal the dam.
With the weather clearing over the next couple of days I was observing the swales with berms that I recently dug out as to how they were functioning, when I noticed down in the bottom corner of the west paddock there was a large body of water just lying there like, wow! those swales really do hold the water well! I must investigate this, this is amazing. Slipping into my trusty wellies; a British term for the Aussie gumboot, Off I ventured ready to play, when I reached the fence line of the paddock I saw it. WHAT is going on, from the end of one of my newly laid out pipes water was dribbling ever so slowly, like a teething baby, just dribbling, I screaming to complete the dramatic teething moment had realised, that yes the flaming irrigation system does work & if you leave one end of a pipe in a body of water which in my case was our dam,(I had totally forgotten I had done that) will with a force all of its own filter precious liquid, all by itself. yes folks I had proved the theory of gravity & syphoned my own dam……. almost beyond the shallows of the previous water shortage.
I had placed one end of the pipe in the dam & unrolled the pipe all the way to west end of the property & in all my productivity had forgotten to take the end out of the dam on completion.
So as the dam filled……… it syphoned.
HA, It worked, all the water had flowed unbeknownst to me until it was too late, all the way to the west paddock where it laid teasing, taunting, I swear I could see the water waving & laughing at me for about 4 days & disappeared, of course it was not deep enough for me to pump it back into the dam, of course it just disappeared, disappeared.!!!!
I then sat & waited for the next rains like a teary doe eyed toddler & a broken toy, it was tragically funny.
Warning to add injury to insult when uncurling irrigation pipe by hand it can & will spring back & slap you into another star twinkling sparkly dimension for quite some time, leaving your face & ego severely stinging & bruised.
To answer my own question about water pressure & a sprinkler it will work….lol
The photo below was about 10yrs ago, note the little bottle brushes previous owners had planted. So cute.
4 year ago, ↓
This is today, literally this morning glorious isn’t it, a little to the left of where the above photo was taken, but same dam, yes it needs a little clean up, everything is so much healthier though. Amazing difference, we now get wallabies, kangaroos all sorts of finches & wrens, 2 types of long legged crane birds, wild ducks & those dark coloured water birds that sit on the edge drying their wings, water dragons, dragon fly’s, an array of singing frogs & small fish & water creatures. Its own little eco system has formed.
So the funny story ended quite stunningly don’t you think.