Prevent water contamination
FOLLOWING widespread flash floods and rain last month, farmers from across the North East are being reminded to remove debris from water supplies as soon as possible.
After a prolonged dry period, water supplies are at risk of debris contamination following a down-pour.
Dams may be contaminated with floating organic matter including straw, grass, leaves and manure.
This can cause issues for the water supply if it isn’t managed quickly.
Within a couple of days, debris will sink and begin to break-down causing the water to become putrid and potentially unusable for livestock.
A chain mesh can be used to help clear debris, using mesh sus- pended from a series of floats to create a boom to clear the debris.
The boom is dragged across dams using ropes attached to each end.
When time permits, sediment traps can be installed to prevent debris from entering dams.
For more information on organic pollution in farm dams visit the Agriculture Victoria website.