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On-farm reservoirs and farm dams

On-farm water storage is becoming increasingly important for agricultural operations in drier regions. Recent droughts and the threat of climate change (with hotter drier summers, reduced water availability, and increasing demand) only heighten concerns about sustainability and the reliability of future water supplies.

A farm water tank provides balance, security and flexibility, allowing for water to be extracted when needed or stored for future usage.

Depending on the size of the farm dam a VapourGuard™ cover can either be retro-fitted or implemented at the construction stage.

VapourGuard™ covers are widely used on UK and Australian farm water tanks. Installations range in size from 600 m² up to 1000 m².


Farm dam construction

The video below is a useful guide to designing and constructing a water storage area/farm dam.



This is supported by a range of third party publications:

• A booklet produced by the Environment Agency and Cranfield University’s Centre for Water Science:
Thinking about an irrigation reservoir? A guide to planning, designing, constructing and commissioning a water storage area

• A guide to good planning and design of farm reservoirs produced by Suffolk Coast and Heaths:
Farm Reservoir Design Guide

• An agricultural reservoirs design guide produced by the Isle of Wight:
Agricultural reservoirs design Guide

Farmers Weekly article:
So You Want To… build a reservoir

Farm dam construction case studies

Andrea & Mark Hannemann, Mt Rough Farm, South Australia – Agriculture & Livestock Farmers

Mr Baldwin, Black Dog Nursery, UK – Market Garden



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