Emergency farmland water signage guides rural communities
Released 25 Feb 2011
"Dryland farming communities will now be more aware of the existing location of emergency supplies available from strategically-placed dams, tanks and bores linked to surface water catchments or underground aquifers," A/Manager Rural Water Planning Martin Revell said.
The signage will help dryland farmers identify local supplies available at Hamilton's Dam, Holland's Rock, Quartermaine's Dam, King Rocks Weir, Holt Rock, Cuffy's Dam, Dingo Rock Weir, Gibb Rock, Dulyalbin Rock and Mount Short Dam among others.
Emergency farmland water supplies are provided for livestock during periods of on-farm water deficiency and should be used sparingly at all times.
"We had the driest winter on record and dryland farmers know it is inevitable that some on-farm supplies will run out," Mr Revell said.
"It is important that farmers know they can get water supplies for their livestock, as well as where to find it."
Water stored at the sites has been managed by the department as a source of emergency livestock water only – the water is not suitable for human consumption.
"We must also stress that emergency farmland water supplies should only be looked at after on-farm supplies and other neighbourhood options have been exhausted," Mr Revell said.
"It is for short-term crisis use only and should not be considered a substitute for well-managed and maintained on-farm supplies."
Mr Revell said the department would like also to remind farmers and dryland communities that they should use emergency farmland supplies appropriately and sensibly.
"Excessive or unauthorised use of emergency water supplies, or at times other than in an emergency, may result in a lack of water when it is needed most," he said.
Mr Revell said that while the provision of emergency farmland water supplies was essential to rural communities, it is also critical that farmers develop efficient self-supply options to guard against the impact of serious water deficiencies on their commercial and lifestyle interests.
For more information about the emergency farmland water supply or alternative water facilities in the region, refer to the department's rural water supply information at www.water.wa.gov.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the local shire.
- Shire of Kent (08) 9829 1051
- Shire of Kondinin (08) 9889 1006
- Shire of Kulin (08) 9880 1204
- Shire of Lake Grace (08) 9890 2500
- Shire of Narembeen (08) 9064 7308
- Shire of Ravensthorpe (08) 9839 0000
- Shire of Yilgarn (08) 9049 1001
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441