How Rainwater Harvesting Can Be Used For Livestock And Agriculture

Collecting rainwater from roofs or through filtration in the ground isn't only environmentally friendly; it is also an excellent way of cutting down on costs for farmers. In this blog, we throw the spotlight on the use of rainwater harvesting in agriculture.
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Reduced ‘Grid’ Water Needs

Agricultural rainwater harvesting systems can save money for farmers and increase return on investment. ADAS, the agricultural and environmental consultancy, conducted research which found that British dairy farms spend between £31 and £100 per cow per year on the water. This really highlights the cost savings which are on offer for those who utilise rainwater harvesting for livestock.

Simple And Safe

In general, rainwater is fully safe for animals to drink. After all, naturally they would drink rainwater. But some treatment, such as UV filtration, is also an option. A rainwater harvesting system would typically offer initial filtration to take out rough debris after collection of the water from the roof. Then there is the option of further filtration to reduce the possibility of any contaminants.

Ideal For Farms

Farm buildings typically have roofs with a large surface area - and this makes them ideal for the purpose of rainfall harvesting. If you live in an area of the country with high rainfall, you can be quids in, so long as you have adequate storage capacity.

Potential Grants

Both Water Capital Grants and Rainwater Harvesting Grants are available in the UK, and then there is the Countryside Stewardship Scheme. As the custodians of land, farmers and land managers have an important part to play in sustainability (see section below), and as such, can apply for grants. Should they meet the relevant criteria, they may be eligible to claim £350 per cubic metre for installation of an underground rainwater storage tank and pump. There are also discounts available on above ground tanks, first flush rainwater diverters and downpipe filters, and roofing.

Minimising Environmental Impact

Rainwater harvesting for agriculture is good for the planet because it negates so many of the associated costs which are linked with supplying mains water; from filtration to transportation. Reducing stormwater runoff can help to prevent the contamination of surface water with pesticides and sediment. And if you are a farmer in an area which is trying to meet water and energy targets, rainwater harvesting can help municipalities to achieve required numbers. We hope you found this round-up of rainwater harvesting in agriculture useful. With so many advantages to the system, it is important to point out - the one thing which can't be controlled is the weather! For more information, contact the experts at Enduramaxx today.

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