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Running the Farm : Water Management

This section contains articles on water and water management. There are hundreds of other useful articles in our lifestyle file. If you're looking for something in particular then use the search box above. If not, then browse the article titles and see what there is to help you. If you can't find an answer here then why not ask in our discussion forums? One of the very friendly and helpful members is sure to be able to help you.

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Despite NZ having a temperate climate with plenty of rainfall, water is still one of the most precious resources we have and we shouldn't take it for granted.

It has been estimated that around 400,000 people in New Zealand rely on roof water and it's a fair assumption that many of them are lifestyle farmers.

If you buy a bare block one of the first things to think about is your water reticulation system.

All animals require ready access to drinking water, particularly in hot dry weather.

One good thing about a serious drought is that it makes people in both town and country realise that if it doesn't rain, how very vulnerable we humans are.

The answer to this question is usually a series of questions about the animal's liveweight, size, activity, physiological state (pregnant, lactating, etc)

A riparian strip is the piece of land alongside a river or stream.

A septic tank is the main component in a small-scale sewage system that works with no connection to the main sewage pipes.

While the water trough in your paddock is just a very large drinking bowl, it comes with a lot of extra bits.

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