How a Good Water System Allows You to Achieve Efficiency at Your Farm

Portrait of 3 nice brown calves on a fresh green meadow, standing side by side and looking curiously into the cameraRaising livestock and growing crops at the farm are among the basic activities humankind has been doing for generations. Over the centuries, people have devised ways to make such activities more efficient and therefore increasing productivity. 

Among the aspects that have been the subject of modifications and enhancements today are water and food distribution systems. These are now made more efficient with the development of modern materials like a plastic trough and water tanks.

Water Tank

In dry places where water is a precious resource, the presence of a water tank is necessary. Australia, for instance, has specific locations that are far for water utility companies to reach. This is why drilling for water became common. In fact, most farms rely on this water source along with rain. Using powerful pumps, water is then stored in huge tanks for different uses like drinking (for humans and animals) and irrigation (for crops).

Fittings and Troughs

Obviously, you would need pipe fittings to distribute the water stored in your tanks. In some cases, farms would use several water tanks marked for different purposes. The fittings for these tanks are sometimes separate — one set leads to livestock areas and fields, while another set is reserved for clean water supply. There are also times when farmers use a single large tank, but would attach different sets of fittings to it. Some of these lead directly to troughs so they can replenish the water supply of their livestock. According to Agriculture Victoria, this continuous supply of water is important particularly in cases when they need to introduce detergent for bloat control.

Filtration System

Pipes that carry water for human consumption are fitted with water filtration systems to ensure that only clean and safe drinking water comes out of the faucet. There are also farms that have filtration systems for irrigation and their livestock. These block harmful bacteria before they go through pipes connected to the faucets. 

The type of filtration system to use depends on the result of a thorough examination, which is often conducted by an accredited laboratory. According to the Department of Primary Industries, it's important to test the water before — or sometimes, even during — using it for domestic, livestock and irrigation purposes.

Using an efficient water system at farms ensure that you, your livestock, and the food you grow have sufficient clean water supply. Using a good filtration system will also reduce the risk of diseases brought about by unwanted germs and bacteria. Having a good water distribution system also lowers your operating costs, thus allowing you to earn and save more.