The decrease in water levels in dams and varying weather can lead to water quality issues such as increased salinity and algal growth can arise.
Regularly checking dams will help to detect these problems early.
It is important that stock is supplied with good quality water when their main food on offer is low value pasture growth, saline feedstock and dry stubbles.
For more information regarding water quality for stock use refer to the DAFWA website.
Farmers are urged to test their water salinity over summer either by using a handheld electrical conductivity (EC) meter or by getting their water samples tested for salinity and pH at their local DAFWA office or other local businesses that offer this service.
For more information contact Damian Priest, Development Officer, Northam on 9690 2144.