Updated advice about water conservation
Updated water guidance has been launched to help farmers improve water quality.
Smart Farming is a resource efficiency programme run by IFA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It encourages farmers to recycle water, locate and fix leaks and study water bills to understand water usage.
Thomas Cooney, Smart Farming Programme Leader said, ‘Farmers are the custodians of the rural environment and their increasing participation in the voluntary Smart Farming programme demonstrates their willingness and desire to focus on both improving their farm returns while enhancing the rural environment. I believe this updated water guidance will help farmers achieve these two objectives.’
The document also looks at ways to protect water quality that reduce the risk of water pollution and ensure good drinking water quality.
Mary Frances Rochford, EPA Programme Manager in the EPA’s Office of Environmental Sustainability said, ‘clean water is essential to our health and well-being and conserving water is essential in the context of our changing climate. We must do more to halt deterioration in water quality so that we protect this most precious public resource. Smart Farming plays an important role in addressing water conservation and water quality in the farming sector. Successful implementation of the measures need wide and willing take up by the farming community.’