Farms warned of de­bris risks

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

FARM­ERS are be­ing en­cour­aged to re­move de­bris from wa­ter sup­plies as soon as pos­si­ble fol­low­ing wide-spread rain­fall across the state.

Af­ter a pro­longed dry pe­riod, wa­ter sup­plies such as farm dams are at risk of de­bris con­tam­i­na­tion fol­low­ing a down­pour.

Dams may be con­tam­i­nated with float­ing or­ganic mat­ter in­clud­ing straw, grass, leaves and ma­nure.

Within a cou­ple of days de­bris will sink and be­gin to break down, caus­ing the wa­ter to be­come pu­trid and po­ten­tially un­us­able for live­stock.

Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria’s Clem Sturm­fels said that there were many ways to re­move de­bris from dams, in­clud­ing drag­ging the ma­te­rial to the bank us­ing a chain mesh boom.

He sug­gested the use of chain mesh, which is com­monly used to con­struct ten­nis court fences, sus­pended from a se­ries of floats to cre­ate a boom to clear the de­bris.

“The boom can then be dragged across the dam us­ing ropes at­tached to each end,” he said.

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