Resources for managing water use on farms
Licensing and regulation
Taking and using water must be in accordance with legislative and regulatory requirements.
Find out more about your responsibilities:
- Water corporations
- Southern Rural Water
- Goulburn Murray Water — Bore Construction and Groundwater Licensing
- Goulburn Murray Water — Surface Water
- Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water — Groundwater Licensing
- Your dam your responsibility
Controlling livestock access is a critical management tool in the protection and restoration of the riparian zone (the land alongside creeks, rivers, streams). Unrestricted stock access causes disturbance and pollution. It also results in lower quality of available water.
Fencing of streams and dams requires alternative watering points (and sometimes shelter) for grazing animals.
- limited stream access water points
- reticulated water supply
Water is an essential requirement for running a livestock business and has a significant impact upon stock welfare, farm productivity and business profitability. Find out more about managing farm water supply.
Providing water in a trough compared to in a dam can improve water quality by excluding stock from the water source.
See Water use in the dairy shed for information on managing water for dairy farmers.
Securing water for your rainfed dairy farm
For information relating to planning for dry conditions and option to secure water download:
- Securing water for your rainfed dairy farm (PDF - 2.4 MB)
- Securing water for your rainfed dairy farm (WORD - 1.5 MB)
Rural lifestyle properties
For printed copies of Water supply options for rural lifestyle properties and the Managing Farm Water Supply booklet, please contact the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
See Managing dams for resources on dam construction, maintenance and other issues associated with farm dams.
An adequate supply of good quality water is a vital element of most farming enterprises. Many water quality issues are associated with the collection, storage and reticulation of water.