Vehicle access to residents’ properties within the village is by internal roads which have been constructed to a high standard and so will require very little surface maintenance for many years.
The roadways have been sensitively landscaped in keeping with the philosophy of the village & farm, to live lightly on the land. The surface water drainage ditches are lined with rock spalls and plants to slow water flow, and to provide habitat for wildlife. The road sideberms have been extensively planted with native and other plant species to provide an attractive backdrop as well as to provide environmental benefits.
Light reflectors have been fitted to guide resident vehicles at night.
For your domestic water supply you will be using beautiful tasting, free rain-water collected into your own tank supply from your roofs. Two 50000litre tanks are recommended in this region for water self-sufficiency year-round, to benefit from the plentiful supply of rainwater during the winter months and then a usual summer dry period.
Here at the farm we have used a solar pump to achieve a gravity-fed supply since we have been here, which is very reliable and protects against power outages. However, with generating your own power this worry is completely removed. In line filters and externally housed water pump for ease of maintenance is recommended.
Fitting of Marley or similar diversions on the roof down pipes above tank feed in level to allow wash down of roofs and PV panels after pine pollen season is highly recommended to keep panels performing at peak. This is a good idea about once a year.
Is supplied by the farm system from a permanent creek that as a resident you will share in the maintenance association of. We have installed a highly durable industrial grade submersible pump system from the creek to control for changes in water level and filter out suspended sediment. This feeds a tank that then provides water at a positive pressure to the stock pump which then feeds the three collection tanks around the farm. Water is then piped by gravity to all troughs. Each resident has at least one trough, and more can be added and there is a control valve at each boundary to shut off in the event of leaks.
Natureflow provide a natural septic system that is Auckland council approved. They require no power and work on living worms through a series of underground chambers. There is a drainage field of a prescribed size with suitable plantings as an evaporation field. All sites have been inspected and approved as suitable for this system.
There is no mains power to the solar village, and it is expected that all residents will install their own independent power system, most likely based on solar generation. Read more about power HERE.