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Safeguarding your farm water supply is important business and we’ll explain why and ways to do so.

Whether you’re dairy, arable, beef, pigs or poultry, a farm’s water supply network is critical to the success of the farm. However, like most subjects on the farm, it’s only when something goes wrong like a leak or a burst pipe, that we realise and appreciate the importance of the water supply.

It’s essential that farmers know what to do when things go wrong but also how to maintain a healthy water network and supply for the farm. There are a number of long-term preventative measure you can do with little to no cost to ensure this.

Making your water usage more efficienct

It sounds obvious but putting less demand on your system is a key step towards protecting your supply. Many water-intensive tasks on the farm for everyday tasks do not require the water quality of mains water. Rainwater collected from troughs and the roofs of your farm buildings can be used for a variety of tasks, such as washing down. This will also likely save you money during the year, the less you use, the less you pay.

When you do need to use mains water, such as supplying animal troughs or irrigating crops, you may be eligable for an allowance from the wholesale for your area as some of the wastewater won’t return to the public sewer.

To claim this allowance, know as Non-return to Sewer Claim Form, you will need to provide a site plan showing the location(s) the wastewater goes at your farm and also complete the necessary forms.

Diversify your supply

Diversifiation on farms is a big topic of 2019 with many of the national magazines and shows, highlighting areas you can increase your revenues. But you probably didn’t think of your water supply and maybe should. Often other sources of water on the farm is used as a ‘last resort’ or ‘worst case scenario’ but actually they can be used for everyday tasks. Water from wells, springs, streams, rivers, and lakes around your farm can all be used for some tasks that don’t need mains quality drinking water.

Protect your pipes

As a landowner or tenant farmer, you are responsible for maintaining and protecting your pipes on the land. It’s therefore worth looking out for leaks regularly and checking that pipes are probably insulated, to prevent supply interruptions. WaterPlus, the UK’s largest water supplier, recommends pipes should be buried at least 75cm underground to protect them from UK winters and day-to-day farming work.

Switch to a new water supplier today

If you’re wanting to reduce your water costs of the farms, speak to the team today and get a free quote to switch your water supplier.

Rhys Boven
Rhys Boven
Rhys is Managing Director of Switched On Rural and Switched On Energy. His professional work involves the management of energy and other services for both commercial and rural clients. Rhys's role in running Switched On, takes him across the Country from his Yorkshire home.

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