Waterwise on the Farm (Version 2)

Table 4: Example Waterwise Action Plan

Waterwise Action Plan
Raise awareness
  • Involve everyone, including family and staff.
  • Hold meetings at least once a year with all members of staff to discuss the use and management of water around the farm, and identify with them opportunities for improvement.
  • Make sure staff are aware of the importance of using dry-cleaning techniques – such as brush, scraper and squeegee – before washing down solid waste, soil etc
  • Make sure that all new members of staff and contractors are aware of the approach to water-use on the farm.
Routine maintenance checks
  • During field walking/stock checking, check all taps and water troughs in the farmyard and in outlying fields.
  • Once a quarter, check all hoses and trigger nozzles to identify blockages and wear and tear.
  • Once a quarter, check pressure washers against the manufacturer’s recommended operating instructions.
  • Before winter, check all pipes and troughs. Drain those not in use and lag pipes as appropriate.
Phased programme to implement improvements
  • Fit trigger-operated nozzles to all hosepipes by the end of quarter two.
  • Fit shut-off valves to all taps in the farmyard by the end of quarter three.
  • Get quotes for fitting pipework to divert rain from barn roof to storage tank.
Monitoring programme
  • Carry out weekly water meter reading to identify fluctuations in water-use and identify leaks.
  • Review progress against benchmark each quarter.
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