Water Use On Farms program success

WATER SAVER: Farmer Brenton Jones checking his water leak detection unit at Darke Peak that he installed on his property to have information sent to his phone to identify water leaks sooner.

WATER SAVER: Farmer Brenton Jones checking his water leak detection unit at Darke Peak that he installed on his property to have information sent to his phone to identify water leaks sooner.

Water Use on Farms workshops over the last two years have encouraged farmers to reap big rewards in saving water.

An initiative from the workshops has seen farmers install 500 to 600 water leak detection devices on their properties across the Eyre Peninsula. 

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula sustainable farming officer Mary Crawford said one of the major issues was that farmers were having to deal with water leaks. 

“They wouldn’t know there was a leak until they checked (or) they found they went to check stock and there was no water,” Ms Crawford said.

She said farmers would waste a lot of their time looking for the leaks, which became costly through loss of water.

Sheep farmer Brenton Jones installed the devices on his two properties and is already seeing enormous water savings. He said the quick messaging system had allowed him to isolate certain areas on his farm to find the leaks

“Resulting in a reduction of time chasing leaks and a reduction in my quarterly water bill by 30 per cent.”

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