The Seville Farm Irrigation Bore 1 is 101 meters deep. Water was struck at a depth of 85 meters and solid rock at 93 meters. The bore is sub-artesian – meaning we have to pump water to get it out of the ground. Water is under moderate pressure, with water naturally rising from its original depth of 85 meters to level off at a depth of approximately 55 meters.
The bore is licensed by Southern Rural Water to irrigate the farm to the extent of 21 million litres a year. This is approximately the water useage of 135 typical Melbourne households for an entire year.
If we irrigate our farm using the Irrigation Bore 1 pump, we pump out approximately 250,000 litres of water every 24 hours, or approximately 1.6 typical Melbourne households annual use. Water is a valuable resource and we use it as sparingly as we can. In a non Elnino year we don't use anything like 21 million litres but the reality is that a lot of water does go into making sweet juicy cherries.