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WHAT IS ON FARM WATER MANAGEMENT?

Considering options for your farm regarding which water tank to buy? As someone who works in agriculture, you know how important water is to your land, livestock, family, and business. The implications of not having water are catastrophic, therefore knowing how much water your land regularly needs to consume is important.

Stock water, irrigation, plant wash down, and production management operations are all common uses of water in production systems. As a result, it’s critical that you have a steady supply of water to run your farm and agricultural business.

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To ensure that you have enough supplies throughout the year, even as the seasons change, careful planning is essential. The following are the important steps in planning your property’s water storage and to determine which type of water tank is best for your business and/or home:

  • Determine how much water is required for each usage on your land. For example; watering cattle, irrigating crops, aquaculture, processing, weed spraying, cleaning and firefighting. It’s a good idea to work with your average monthly and annual need requirements.
  • Identify the water sources that are available on your land, taking-into-account what applications would be best based on their quality and any licensing that may be required.
  • Determine the water storage facilities required for each water type, including stock tanks, rainfall tanks, dams, and other similar structures.
  • Water tanks for your farm animals are also a necessity. You need clean water tanks to avoid diseases and bacteria.

While you can base your calculations on comparable farms, keep in mind the unique qualities of your own.

It pays to plan ahead of time for your storage needs, as acquiring multiple tanks or even complete truck loads can typically result in lower prices. Your water supply’s source and storage can necessitate additional maintenance and/or testing before it is suitable for domestic use, livestock consumption, or irrigation.

HOW TO STORE WATER IN YOUR FARM?

For effective farming, having access to sufficient water throughout the year is a must. Whether you grow crops or raise animals for food, wool, or other goods, excellent quality water is critical to the health and the success of your entire farm business.

Particular focus should be put toward your on farm water storage needs, which is an important aspect of your overall farm planning. It’s critical to get this right from the start, as working out and expanding storage afterwards is more complicated and costly.

Options for Water Supply and Storage

When assessing your farm’s water storage and supply requirements, you should first conduct an audit to determine the water demands in your farm.

Your audit should identify accessible water sources in your area once you have an estimate of your farm’s water needs. You’ll have to figure out what farm water storage and supply alternatives are best for you, but here are a few to consider:

● Rainwater harvesting and storage in rainwater tanks
● Bore water is pumped into a water tank from the ground.
● Water runoff is captured using private dams.
● Water is pumped into a header water tank from a brook or river.

Pumping Water from the Ground into a Bore Water Tank

You must first determine whether farm water underground is available on your farm, at what depth underground, how much is available, and the water quality before drilling a hole in the earth to tap into a water tank underground source.

Because there is a real possibility of pollution from sewage, agricultural run-off, and other sources, bore water should be tested and examined for quality at regular intervals.

Bore water use is governed by regional and council government rules, unlike rainfall collecting. You should check with your local authorities to see what water licenses and permissions are required.

Capturing Water Runoff Using Private Dams

Private dams can be a terrific method to harvest and retain water, but they must be properly built and maintained if you utilize them. As a result, they usually need an operating permit and, in some cases, a surface water use works permit.

Dams are vulnerable to contamination from stormwater runoff, stock or wild animals, and pesticides since they are open water sources. Dam water is usually suitable for farm water tanks for irrigation purposes and storage, but you should evaluate the quality of your dam water tank on a regular basis to guarantee it remains high.

Rainwater Harvesting and Storage in Rainwater Tanks

Rainwater can be captured from shed roofs and stored in rainwater tanks if you live in an area that receives a lot of rain each year. Rainwater has the benefit over other sources in that it is usually of excellent quality and suited for stock drinking.

Farm rainwater tanks from rooftops into tanks is more efficient than capturing runoff using dams. Before water can be collected from a dam, the surrounding earth must be wet. Evaporation from storage tanks is also negligible, although it is rather important in open reservoirs of water.

HOW DOES FARM RAINWATER TANKS WORK?

Rainwater, which is gathered as it falls from the sky, is the purest and safest source of water aside from a mains water supply. Rainwater’s water quality, unlike that of other water sources, is:

  • Not contaminated as a result of running across the earth (like storm water)
  • There are no concerns about salinity, animal or pesticide pollution, or evaporation (like surface water sources)
  • Microbiological and chemical testing are not required to confirm that it is safe to use (like bore water).

Rainwater is undoubtedly the best water source for farming because of its excellent quality and adaptability. Stock water tanks dedicated to collecting rainwater are therefore a desirable solution. When you add storm water tanks to the mix, you can also gather lower-quality water flow that may be treated and reused for a variety of uses.

Let us now discuss about farm rainwater tanks safety. Is rainwater from your water tank safe to drink? Many farm rainwater tanks aren’t carefully maintained, and the water stored inside isn’t safe to drink. However, in the outback of Australia, where access to fresh water is typically limited, farm rainwater tanks can be a valuable source of water that can be used to cook and drink.

When a reticulated potable water source is available, government health departments generally advise against using rainwater for drinking. This is due to the fact that farm rainwater tanks must be properly filtered and maintained. In the middle of their hectic lives, people often forget to do this, and the quality of the water stored suffers as a result.

Rainwater should be totally safe to drink if you perform routine farm rainwater tank maintenance and take adequate measures with the water stored in your tank. You’ll be able to use it for cooking as well as bathing.

HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN YOUR FARM RAINWATER TANKS?

Whether you purchase from Great Northern Tanks or elsewhere, you should ask the tank manufacturer to provide you with their certificate or certification number, as well as the name of the independent company and supplier that have their water tanks certified, to ensure that the tank you are about to buy is certified clean and safe to consume to Australian standard.

In addition, your water tank should be made of a material and color that prevents sunlight from reaching the water. Your water tank should be placed in a location that is covered and sheltered from the sun for the majority of the day. This will stop algae from growing.

When it comes to establishing and maintaining your farm rainwater tanks, make sure the water input has a strainer correctly attached to keep mosquitoes, insects, and debris out. To prevent frogs and other animals and insects from making their way up and into your tank, your overflow should be filtered.

Preserving your farm rainwater tanks necessitates inspecting the inside of your tank every few months for evidence of algae. Additionally, if you do not have a water tank cleaning mechanism installed, you should clear the sludge that accumulates at the bottom of your agricultural water storage tank every three years. This is a challenging task that necessitates the use of a special vacuum. We advise you to pick a professional company like Great Northern Tanks that is both insured and able to guarantee their services.

Of course, it is very crucial to make sure that the rainwater streaming into your water tank should be filtered and of good quality, especially if it will be used for washing clothes, drinking, or cooking. Here are three key points to keep in mind to keep your water as safe as possible:

  • The water tank you use to store rainwater, as well as how well it is maintained, are vitally significant. (think strength and long-lasting when deciding)
  • Rainwater catchment refers to the roof or surface area utilized to collect rainwater, as well as the components that connect it to your water storage tank.
  • Plumbing, pipework, and filtration refers to the components and plumbing that connect your rainwater tanks to your home, as well as any filtration systems.

 

WHAT IS FARM WATER?

Farm water, also referred to as agricultural water, is water dedicated to the production of food and fiber as well as a resource collection. Poorly planned industrial sites, livestock farms, barnyards, and feedlots can all have an impact on water quality. Poor water quality can harm and produce sickness towards us and farm animals. The water, for example, could include microorganisms that directly cause illness. Irrigating crops with contaminated water can result in poisonous food, which can cause illness if ingested. For example, groundwater has traditionally been recognized as one of the cleanest water sources. However, depending on the location and size of the area, these sources of water may not be suitable for irrigation.

What could farmers do to prevent this kind of problem? Here are a few tips on how to farm water.

  • Irrigation By Drip – Drip irrigation systems supply water straight to the roots of plants, avoiding evaporation that occurs with spray irrigation systems. Watering can be scheduled during the cooler portions of the day, minimizing water loss even further. Drip irrigation, when properly installed, can save up to 80% more water than traditional irrigation and can even help enhance agricultural yields.
  • Water Collection and Storage – Many farms use municipal water or groundwater, while others have constructed their own ponds to absorb and store rainfall for usage throughout the year. However, if you would like to keep your farmland area untouched, you could always harvest and store your water with farm water tanks. Not only does it store and give you unlimited water supply for your farm, but it can veer away any hazardous elements that could potentially harm your family and livestock.
  • Irrigation Planning – Smart irrigation management includes not only how but also when, how often, and how much water is given. Farmers closely monitor the weather forecast, as well as soil and plant moisture, and adjust their irrigation schedule to the current conditions to avoid under or overwatering their crops. Some farmers water their crops at night to prevent evaporation and allow water to soak into the soil, replenishing the water table.
  • Grazing Rotation – Rotational grazing is a method of moving animals between fields to encourage grassland regeneration. Drought-resistant pastures benefit from good grazing management, which promotes water absorption and reduces runoff. Rotational grazing also saves water by increasing soil organic matter and increasing forage cover.
  • Mulch and Composting – Compost, or decomposed organic waste used as fertilizer, has been shown to increase soil structure and capacity to hold water. Mulch is a moisture-retaining material applied to the soil’s surface. Mulch made from organic materials like straw or wood chips will decompose into compost, improving the soil’s ability to retain water even more. Farmers can also use black plastic mulch as a soil cover to prevent evaporation and discourage weeds.

 

WHY KEEPING YOUR WATER TANKS FOR FARM ANIMALS CLEAN IS IMPORTANT?

Water is an essential nutrient for farm animals and should be available and always provided. Water is involved in many bodily functions, including reproduction, lactation, oxygen, and digestion.

Maintaining your farm water tanks clean during the summer can be tricky, but necessary. Warm summer temperatures, piercing sunlight, and nutrients combine to create algae growth. Algae makes drinking water taste nasty. Particles of drool, urine, or feces, as well as debris flying into the tank, can create a formation of dangerous algae like cyanobacteria or blue-green algae. Toxins (microcystins) emitted by blue-green algae can make the livestock sick or worse, death. In tanks that are not adequately cleaned, viruses, parasites, and bacteria can grow, causing animal health problems.

So, how can you keep your tanks maintained and clean for your beloved animals? Examine the tank for water quality and foreign things that could encourage algae growth or poisonous for the animals. Increased algal development has been linked to the presence of leaves, urine, and excrement. The pH, salinity, and temperature of the water should be within normal ranges.

Make time to have your tank cleaned by professionals or if you want to do it by yourself, with 32 parts water, add one part household chlorine bleach. Then allow 15 minutes for the water to soak.  Drain then scrub the inside of the farm water tank. Remember, during cleaning, keep livestock away from the tank for at least 30 minutes.  Unless the tank has a built-in drain, emptying it can be difficult. If there isn’t a built-in drain, turn off the water and allow the livestock to drink the water down to where it can be easily reached.

Taking a few minutes each week to look for any issues and conduct basic cleaning will help keep farm water tanks clean. Healthy, productive livestock require clean tanks and high-quality water.

 

BENEFITS OF INVESTING IN LARGE FARM WATER TANKS

Water storage has always been a major concern for farmers throughout the history of agriculture. This is because irrigation has always been used in agriculture. Farmers must also manage the flow of water because of irrigation.

A system that relies solely on freshwater sources located outside of a farm’s perimeter is known as off-farm water storage. As a result, it may cause issues if, for example, those freshwater sources are impacted by drought or a legal dispute.

On-farm water storage (OFWS), on the other hand, is a method in which a farm maintains its own source of freshwater. It allows farmers a significant degree of control over how water is irrigated, regulated, and used in this manner. Natural sources of freshwater (mainly rain and groundwater) are captured and directed to on-site storage sites by OFWS systems. These storage spaces come in a range of shapes and sizes. They are usually determined by the farm’s resources and topography. Some farmers, for example, choose to build artificial ponds or ditches. Others may decide to purchase a huge tank.

Here are a few ideas why investing with large water tanks for your farm is a good choice:

  • Gives farmers increased drought resistance.
  • Increases irrigation capability and alternatives.
  • Agricultural chemicals can be retrieved by farmers. This keeps them from drinking freshwater from outside sources (like lakes and rivers).

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2″ Inlet with float

Optional Accessories

Long distance level indicator

External ladder with safety arms

Additional Outlets

Leaf Strainer Kit with light shield

Additional Fittings

Variable speed Multistage Pump

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Rainsaver Caps

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Sizing

Colour Guide

Premium Inclusions

80mm Overflow

Internal Safety Ladder

1 x 80mm Outlets

Lockable Access point

1 x 3” Brass Gate Value

2″ Inlet with float

Optional Accessories

Long distance level indicator

External ladder with safety arms

Leaf Strainer Kit with light shield

Additional Outlets

Variable speed Multistage Pump

Premium Jet Pressure pump

Rainsaver Caps

Vermin Proofing

Storz Fitting

Sizing

Colour Guide

Premium Inclusions

80mm Overflow

Internal Safety Ladder

2 x 80mm Outlets

Lockable Access point

2 x 3” Brass Gate Valve

Long distance level indicator

External ladder with safety arms

2″ Inlet with float

1 x 2” Gate Valve for inlet

Optional Accessories

Variable speed Multistage Pump

Premium Jet Pressure pump

Rainsaver Caps

Vermin Proofing

Storz Fitting

Sizing

Colour Guide

Premium Inclusions

80mm Overflow

Internal Safety Ladder

2 x 80mm Outlets

Lockable Access point

2 x 3” Brass Gate Valve

Long distance level indicator

1 x 2” Gate Valve for inlet

External ladder with safety arms

2″ Inlet with float

Optional Accessories

Variable speed Multistage Pump

Premium Jet Pressure pump

Rainsaver Caps

Vermin Proofing

Storz Fitting

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