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  • How to Calculate Your Farm Water Needs
    fighting and household needs if you live on your property Your water usage audit should record the estimated daily litres day and or annual use megalitres year of water for the following kinds of activities For Livestock Farms livestock drinking animals washing For Horticultural Farms crop irrigating crop spraying produce washing General farm activities yard shed cleaning equipment cleaning various other processing activities such as cooling sprays etc For household domestic use if you live on your property Drinking water Bathrooms Toilets Laundry Lawns gardens Fire fighting The sum of all these areas will give you an idea of your farm s overall on farm usage Once you know your farm s water use requirements you can then look at your current water supply sources and water storage facilities The Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries provide a very handy online Farm Water Calculator that can help you work out how much water you use on your farm It can also help you evaluate your potential water water use supply sources and current water storage capacity They also have a very detailed guide that Dairy Farm owners can use to calculate their dairy shed water use Clark Tanks works closely with many farmers to supply reliable water storage with dedicated water tank fittings appropriate to your farm s water source and usage If you have a good idea of the volume of water you want to store then we can help you work out the most economical quantity and configuration of tanks to meet that volumetric requirement If you have found this article helpful why not contact us today to discuss your needs Categories Farm Water Planning Tags primary industries sustainable water water sources Share Article Get a Free Quote Enter your name Phone number Email address Region NSW

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  • How to Plan Your Farm Water
    for their production systems Water often gets used in production systems including stock water irrigation plant wash down and production management processes So it important you have a plentiful supply of water in order to carry out your farm business activities Careful planning is required to ensure you have supply all year long even as seasons change The key steps to planning the water storage for your property are Identify the specific uses of water for your property for example watering livestock irrigating crops aquaculture processing weed spraying cleaning fire fighting etc and how much water is required for each use it is convenient to work with your average daily and annual requirements Identify the water sources available to your property taking into consideration what uses they would be suitable for based on their quality and any licenses required Identify the water storage facilities needed for each water type whether stock tanks rainwater tanks dams or the like Each property is different so while you can base your estimates on other farms keep in mind your property s specific features It pays to plan your storage requirements carefully as you can often negotiate better pricing when purchasing multiple tanks or even full truck loads If you have a good idea of the volume of water you want to store then we can help you work out the most economical quantity and configuration of tanks to meet that volumetric requirement Clark Tanks can also supply you with reliable water storage with dedicated water tank fittings appropriate to your farm s water source and usage Contact us today to discuss your needs Categories Farm Water Planning Tags primary industries sustainable water water sources water storage Share Article Get a Free Quote Enter your name Phone number Email address Region NSW South Qld

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  • Types of Rural Water Sources in Farming
    gravels and fractured rocks known as aquifers Bore water is a finite resource and needs to be managed sustainably To access water in aquifers often requires drilling a hole into the ground to water table the depth of the water line below ground and then pumping the water out to be stored in bore water tanks and or used in an irrigation system Drilling for water can be expensive so to find if there is bore water available on or near your property you can contact your local government branch for natural resources who may hold information about previous drilling in your area local drilling companies who should know the area and be aware of local bores a private hydrogeological consultant who can assess your property for possible groundwater When drilling you will normally need a licensed driller and works licence so contact your local rural water authority for advice Bore water may be contaminated by micro organisms and chemicals so is not recommended for household drinking or showers It is most suitable for irrigation and watering livestock The water can also be high in mineral concentrations so testing is important You also want to ensure the salinity is low so that it is tolerable by your plants and animals Surface Waterways Surface water sources include rivers creeks and streams While rainfall accounts for most of the water flowing in surface waterways there are also numerous rivers and creeks that form from springs groundwater that flow into natural gullies and land folds Waterways are often a limited resource and so you usually need to enter into an agreement with your rural water authority In many cases this means having surface water licence to take and use water from rivers and creeks This ensures fair water use by all who depend upon it While water from crystal clean looking springs may appear safe to drink it should be tested to check for any contaminates Clean surface water is suitable for most farm and household uses Rainwater Rainwater generally refers to rainfall captured from the roofs of buildings and sheds It is a valuable water source and can provide reasonable water harvests with only a few showers Such supplies are ideal for all farm use as well as household use and consumption drinking cooking etc To calculate the volume of rain that can be harvested from a roof area use the following formula Volume of water litres Annual average rainfall mm x Roof area m² x 0 95 For example a shed with the dimensions that is 15m x 10m has a roof area of 150m² An annual rainfall of 750mm on this area would yield 106 875 litres year 750mm x 150m² x 0 95 Rainwater harvesting does not require any additional licensing Stormwater Stormwater is captured from the ground and property surfaces to be stored in a stormwater tank or dammed It is suitable for garden irrigations but will require treatment if used for watering edible plants or for household

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  • Evaluating the Quality of Your Farm’s Water Sources
    water or a reticulated water supply Water Quality Factors The quality of your water will affect your farm s plants soils livestock aquaculture irrigation equipment and general farm activities Understanding your water quality allows you to plan for any necessary water treatment and avoid production problems Water quality factors include particles floating in the water dissolved materials and chemicals living organisms or their remains These could be sediments heavy metals salt content acidity hardness ammonia oxygen levels temperature algae chemical spraying effluent and other pollutants The quality factors that matter will depend upon how you utilise the water throughout your farm If you have any doubts about the quality of water you intend to use for irrigation stock or domestic purposes then you should have it tested Testing Your Water Quality Water quality cannot be detected by eye or smell but requires testing in an accredited laboratory Since the salinity of surface and ground water can change quickly they should be tested at regular intervals throughout the irrigation season This can be performed with a hand held salinity meter Without continuous testing and monitoring a build up in salinity will first show itself in poor plant growth and reduced production At this stage in your production cycle it will obviously be too late to rectify the situation for that crop For further water testing advice or information on local testing laboratories you should contact your state government department for primary industries QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries provide advice on how to collect water samples and send them to an accredited testing laboratory NSW Department of Primary Industries provide free water testing kits for you to take samples and send in VIC Department of Environment and Primary Industries can be contacted for advice and have a number of accredited water

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  • 'Water Quality' Tagged Articles - Knowledge Base - Clark Tanks
    found above ground on the land Common sources include water from rivers and creeks or a water reservoir such as a dam or lake This water is replenished from rainfall and run off flowing into valleys and natural folds in the land Usage Rules Read Article Categories Farm Water Planning Tags rules regulations surface water water quality water storage Planning Your Farm Water Storage An Overview Identifying water storage facilities that you will need is important when carefully planning the water resources required by your rural property or farm It requires a good understanding of your water sources and their proximity to where you need the water Careful planning will ensure your water is efficiently stored Read Article Categories Farm Water Planning Tags sustainable water water quality water sources water storage How to Calculate Water Storage Needs for Livestock We have compiled the information in this article to help you estimate your water storage needs for stock farms This cannot replace real world experience in a particular location and place so should be taken into consideration as best estimate Water Requirements for Stock The water consumption figures quoted below ha Read Article Categories Farm Water Planning Tags livestock salinity water quality water storage Evaluating the Quality of Your Farm s Water Sources Water for your property can come from a variety of sources and its quality will often differ across these sources So you need an understanding what each of your available water sources would be suitable for based on their quality In our article Types of Rural Water Sources in Farming we identified a wide range of Read Article Categories Farm Water Planning Tags rural water water quality water sources water testing Previous Page Get a Free Quote Enter your name Phone number Email address Region NSW South Qld

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  • 'Water Storage' Tagged Articles - Knowledge Base - Clark Tanks
    off flowing into valleys and natural folds in the land Usage Rules Read Article Categories Farm Water Planning Tags rules regulations surface water water quality water storage Planning Your Farm Water Storage An Overview Identifying water storage facilities that you will need is important when carefully planning the water resources required by your rural property or farm It requires a good understanding of your water sources and their proximity to where you need the water Careful planning will ensure your water is efficiently stored Read Article Categories Farm Water Planning Tags sustainable water water quality water sources water storage How to Calculate Water Storage Needs for Livestock We have compiled the information in this article to help you estimate your water storage needs for stock farms This cannot replace real world experience in a particular location and place so should be taken into consideration as best estimate Water Requirements for Stock The water consumption figures quoted below ha Read Article Categories Farm Water Planning Tags livestock salinity water quality water storage How to Plan Your Farm Water As a farmer or someone dealing with agriculture you would understand that water means everything to your land or livestock family and business The consequences of not having water are tragic and so it is extremely important to know how much water you need The Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industrie Read Article Categories Farm Water Planning Tags primary industries sustainable water water sources water storage Previous Page Get a Free Quote Enter your name Phone number Email address Region NSW South Qld North Qld VIC TEST Postcode How can we help you Article Search Search Browse by Topic Buying Water Tanks Farm Water Planning Government Compliance Poly Storage Tanks Poly Water Tanks Stock Water Planning Tank Accessories Tank Maintenance Tanks Made

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  • How to Choose a Water Tank Colour to Suit Your Home or Shed
    if your water tank won t be sheltered from the Sun This could be a benefit or if you will drink your rainwater and prefer a cool and more refreshing taste then a lighter coloured tank might be more appropriate Can sunlight get into lighter coloured poly tanks If light can get into your water tank it can cause algae to grow which can effect your water quality if you plan to drink it However the colour of the tank would not prevent sunlight from entering as much as the wall thickness The Australian water tank standard AS NZS 4766 sets guidelines for the minimum wall thickness for polyethylene tanks If your tank is certified to this standard then light cannot penetrate the thick plastic and your water will be safe Will my poly tank colour fade Another concern is whether your tank colour will fade in the Sun Poly storage tanks can have UV stabilisers added in the mix when a polyethylene tank is moulded The use of stabiliser resin during the moulding process can inhibit or absorb the harmful UV light that would otherwise cause the plastic to fade One way you can quickly tell if a tank is UV stabilised is by its finish a tank with a high glossy shine is often UV stabilised whereas a tank with a matte finish is not Is it safe to paint a poly water tank It is also important to get the choice of colour right from the very beginning Painting your tank will add additional expensive compared to getting your tank made in the correct colour Keep in mind that some steel tanks require specific paints so as to not negatively react with the metal Also many paints contain solvents and materials that can leak into the water

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  • 'Water Tank Comparisons' Tagged Articles - Knowledge Base - Clark Tanks
    Why Poly Water Tanks What s a Better Water Tank Which Water Tank Supplier About Us Testimonials Clark Tanks World Class Design Build Value Contact Us Clark Tanks in Queensland Clark Tanks in Victoria Clark Tanks in NSW Get a Quote Home Knowledge Base Tagged Articles Water Tank Comparisons Articles tagged Water Tank Comparisons page 2 Steel Water Tanks Galvanised Steel Zincalume Stainless Steel Aquaplate Water storage tanks can be found in a range of materials including polyethylene plastic galvanised steel Zincalume stainless steel a combination of steel and poly Aquaplate fibreglass and also concrete Although Clark Tanks manufacture poly water tanks because we believe it provides a number of benefits o Read Article Categories Buying Water Tanks Tags aquaplate water tanks buyers guide galvanised steel water tanks stainless steel water tanks steel water tanks water tank comparisons zincalume water tanks Previous Page Get a Free Quote Enter your name Phone number Email address Region NSW South Qld North Qld VIC TEST Postcode How can we help you Article Search Search Browse by Topic Buying Water Tanks Farm Water Planning Government Compliance Poly Storage Tanks Poly Water Tanks Stock Water Planning Tank Accessories Tank Maintenance Tanks Made From Victoria Water Quality Water Tank Installation Water Tank Maintenance Water Tank Standards Article Tags aquaplate water tanks as nz 4766 base preparation buyers guide cheap water tanks chemical tanks farm water galvanised steel water tanks groundwater industrial tanks iso 9001 livestock manufacturing mosquitoes poly tanks potable water primary industries private dams quality water tanks rainwater rainwater tanks rules regulations rural water salinity small water tanks stainless steel water tanks steel water tanks stock water stormwater surface water sustainable water tank accessories fittings tank foundations tank installation tank maintenance uv stabilisation water carting water diverter water quality water sources water storage water tank

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