Find out about the different ways you can save water.
First steps to saving water
It sounds simple, but first you need to know how much water you are using. Then you need to work out whether this is the right amount or not.
If you are using more water than you should, you need to find where you can reduce your usage and plan the best way to do this. Keep a record of the changes you make and review your water use in a few months time, or next growing season, to see if you have saved water. Good management requires these steps to be repeated regularly.
Our simple guide Waterwise on the farm (PDF, 2.2MB) breaks this down into five easy-to-follow steps. This guide has been written for livestock sectors, but the steps are the same for all farms.
Our Rainwater Harvesting guide (PDF, 1.3MB) shows how implementing a rainwater harvesting system can save you money, reduce your reliance on mains water and reduce slurry storage and runoff.
Best practice guides
Defra and ADAS have produced four best practice guides for irrigators:
- Water management for field vegetable crops, a guide for vegetable growers
- Water management of soil and substrate-grown crops, a guide for top and soft fruit growers
- A guide for container-grown ornamentals
- Irrigation best practice: Water management for potatoes - a guide for growers
Copies are available from ADAS - call 01954 268214.