Emergency water for livestock
Emergency farmland water response planning and water deficiency arrangements
Emergency farmland water response plans outline a six-step process for farmers to follow in the event that local and on-farm supplies have been exhausted and water carting is needed.
The plans also highlight the process for the approval of a declaration under the government's Water Deficiency Declaration guidelines.
Water deficiency declarations
A 'Water Deficiency Declaration' is a government response to safeguard the commercial interests of farmers during very dry periods.
A declaration occurs when a group of five or more farmers, within a 20-kilometre radius, require water from an off-farm source and have to travel greater than a 40-kilometre radius from their farm to get this. In extreme circumstances, water may be provided for individual famers.
A declaration requires the government to provide water for livestock needs at a central storage point, within a 40-kilometre radius of the farms concerned.
The process leading to a declaration of 'water deficiency' involves a local government making a formal request to the Department of Water which, after consulting with the Department of Agriculture and Food, makes a recommendation to the Minister for Water.
Further information regarding the process is contained within the Water Deficiency Declaration guidelines.
Copies of existing emergency farmland water response plans are available from the adjacent links. Plans for other shires in dryland farming districts are progressively being developed.
Management of strategic community water supplies
A network of strategic community water supplies has been developed across Western Australia's dryland agricultural areas to provide an important source of emergency stock water during dry seasons.
These water supplies are for emergency use at times when low rainfall causes on-farm supplies to fail and forces farmers to travel outside their farm gate to collect water for livestock and other essential farming purposes.
It is important that these water supplies are carefully managed to ensure water is available during times of emergency.
The Department of Water keeps in regular contact with rural communities to monitor the condition of strategic community water supplies and identify and address any maintenance issues.
Where are the strategic community water supplies?
The location of each site is detailed within individual shire emergency farmland water response plans.
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