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We are ranked our water saving initiatives based on potential amount of water that can be saved.

Water Saving Options by Water Saved

Ranking of water saving initiatives based on potential amount of water that can be saved.

  1. Low Water Savings
  2. Moderate Water Savings
  3. High Water Savings

In This Section

  • Copy Link High water savings

    High water savings

    • Alternative (bore) water supply
    • Wash yard less frequently 
    • Re-use water from effluent ponds 
    • Divert and use rainwater from yards
    • Recycle water for other dairy processes
    • Store and re-use plate cooler water
    • Re-use detergent wash

  • Copy Link Low water savings

    Low Water Savings

    • Wake-up cows first
    • Nutrition - feed adequate fibre
    • Voluntary cow flow into dairy 
    • Mud and stone trap at laneway-yard junction 
    • Yard drainage Solids trap for re-use systems 
    • Gate scrapers and auto-flushing 
    • Hydrant wash systems 
    • Flood wash - riser systems
    • Flood wash - tank systems 
    • Tipping drums
    • Sprinklers
    • Dribble bars 
    • Curb operation of plate cooler water pump
    • Enhance vat cleaning 
    • Check plant wash regime 
    • Increase turbulence 
    • Re-use final rinse water 
    • Install 'non-stick' surfaces in the dairy 
    • Use cow ankle straps on pipework 
    • Wet surfaces prior to milking 
    • Use low pressure hoses
    • Strategically wash teats 
    • Dry wipe teats
    • Use trigger nozzles on udder hoses 
    • Fix leaking troughs
    • Reduce evaporation from water storages 

  • Copy Link Moderate water savings

    Moderate Water Savings

    • Reduce the time they spend on the yard 
    • Stock handling 
    • Wash section closest to the shed only 
    • Concrete surface and grooving 
    • Yard slope
    • Short, high volume hoses 
    • Hose nozzles
    • Manual scrapers 
    • Mechanical scrapers 
    • Flow rate / Cooling efficiency 
    • Tailor water to milk flow      
    • Strategically wash platform      
    • Use gloves to clean rubberware and pipework      
    • Drink from troughs      
    • Stop leakage from dams 
    • Catch rain water from shed roof

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