In this section you will find some simple ways that you can conserve water on the farm. 

Water conservation on farms

Check for overflowing troughs and incorrectly set or damaged ball-valves which can waste significant amounts of water.

Water your crops efficiently by irrigating at the right time of day to meet crops needs and reduce losses through evaporation.

On dairy farms, clean plate cooling water can be diverted to a tank and used for parlour washing.

Use dry-cleaning techniques such as scrapers and brushes to remove solid waste from yards and pens before hosing or a small amount of water (e.g. one bucket) to pre-soak waste before cleaning.

Regularly check your private pipework on the farm to detect leaks. Inspect the ground above your pipes for visible signs such as unusually damp ground, lusher than expected vegetation (sign of recent leak) or reduced community / rush vegetation (consequence of a long-term leak).

Fix dripping taps and hosepipes around the farm promptly by replacing washers and fix overflows to avoid water wastage.

Rainwater harvested from roofs of farm buildings can be used for a variety of activities, e.g. washing down yards. 

Find out more in our Water Protection and Conservation on Farms leaflet. 

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