Waterwise on the Farm (Version 2)


Being waterwise is good for farming and good for the environment. Being waterwise is about understanding how water flows around your farm and yard; recognising how you and your farming practices affect these flows; and promoting water efficiency so that you save money and reduce the risk of causing pollution.

The first chapter of this booklet illustrates how water flows around the farm, and describes how being waterwise can help reduce the risk of causing pollution.

Chapters 2 and 3 explain how to carry out a water audit and develop a waterwise action plan on your farm. This will help you to:

  • reduce the amount of water and energy you use;
  • reduce the volume of dirty water that needs treating and disposing of;
  • save money and increase your profits;
  • reduce risk of causing water pollution.

Case studies and practical advice that has been tried and tested by LEAF and NFU members provide real-life examples of how activities around the farm may affect water quality and efficiency.

Chapter 4 gives further information on issues such as Catchment Abstraction Management Strategies (CAMS), potential grants, and where to obtain advice on issues such as irrigation, and Chapter 5 provides details of organisations that can offer further information and advice. Tables and forms are grouped together at the end of the booklet.

This guide has been produced by the Environment Agency, Defra, LEAF and the NFU. All four organisations are committed to working with farmers to improve the environment in a practical and realistic way.

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