The East Grampians rural pipeline is on its way, and to ensure farmers can reap the benefits of this new infrastructure, Agriculture Victoria will hold farm water reticulation workshops at Ararat, Tatyoon and Willaura next month.
Agriculture Victoria farm water specialist Clem Sturmfels said planning an efficient and effective farm water reticulation system can be a complicated process.
“It is essential to select the correct mix of pipeline components in order to minimise costs and ensure an adequate supply of water is provided to all parts of the farm,” he said.
The workshops have been designed to assist landholders plan effective and reliable water reticulation systems.
“They are primarily aimed at landholders who have expressed interest in joining the East Grampians rural pipeline, however they are relevant to any landholder interested in upgrading their existing farm water supply,” Mr Sturmfels said.
The workshops will involve a mix of theory and practical exercises and will cover topics such as farm water planning, siting tanks and pipelines, basic hydraulics and pipe friction calculations.
Mr Sturmfels listed the advantages of reticulating farm water supplies as: a significant reduction in losses of water from evaporation; improved quality of stock water; and improved paddock utilisation and productivity.
Water reticulation workshops
|Ararat||Mon 12 August||9.30am – 3.30pm|
|Tatyoon||Wed 14 August|
|Willaura||Fri 16 August|
Morning tea and lunch is provided.
Landholders interested in attending should contact Sarah Tottenham from GWMWater on 0409 345 558 or Clem Sturmfels on 0429 018 879.
These workshops are supported by GWMWater and the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority with funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.