Australia’s unpredictable rain patterns and extended periods of drought mean that efficient water management is essential for not just our farmers but every single person in Australia
Cattle and sheep farmers rely on water efficient grazing practices to make the most of the water available to them.
Through grazing management strategies, farmers manage the frequency and intensity of grazing to make the best use of the pastures, balancing the needs of the grazing animal, the pasture and the environment.
You can read all about the way they do this here
What the Cranebrook Archibull team has been investigating is how everyone can make sure they reduce their water footprint
Water is a scare resource we all have a role to play is using it wisely. We found some great websites to help us investigate. Check them out here
There are three types of water we can recycle or reuse
To explain it simply:
The blue water refers to freshwater
The green water refers to water stored in soil
The grey water is polluted water
A more detailed explanation thanks to wiki
A water footprint consists of three components: blue, green, and grey.
The blue water footprint is the volume of freshwater that evaporated from the global blue water resources (surface water and ground water) to produce the goods and services consumed by the individual or community.
The green water footprint is the volume of water evaporated from the global green water resources (rainwater stored in the soil as soil moisture).
The grey water footprint is the volume of polluted water that associates with the production of all goods and services for the individual or community. The latter can be estimated as the volume of water that is required to dilute pollutants to such an extent that the quality of the water remains at or above agreed water quality standards.
Did you know…?
- On average, a person uses about 200 litres of water per day, of which 5-10 litres is for basic survival, i.e. drinking and food preparation.
- The other 190 litres is used for washing (showers, dishes, clothes, toilets) and the garden.
- Approximately half the water supplied to urban areas in Australia ends up as waste water, according to a report by the Institute for Sustainable Futures prepared for the Water Services Association in 1998.
Wow how impressive is this!!!!. Some communities have been successful in reducing average personal tap water usage to as low as 130 litres per day.
Together we can all do our bit to help reduce water consumption.
Check this out to calculate your household water use http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/Sustainability/SavingWater/Documents/water_household_calculator.pdf
Did you know for example?
Dual flush toilets use 5 litres of water on average instead of 11 litres
used by older, single flush toilets. (calculated on an average of 35 flushes
per person per week in the house).
Its no laughing matter so check out some great tips in here