Some parts of the country are still in severe drought despite the heavy rains that hit some portions of the country this spring. When water is at a premium, taking a little time to ensure there is little to no wastage can go a long ways to conservation.
Here’s a checklist of what you can do to preserve your water resources:
- Check all your hoses, faucets and fittings for leakage, and fix where appropriate.
- If using sprinklers, position them to rain over the plants rather than extraneous areas such as roads, ditches, etc.
- Water early in the day to minimize evaporative losses as the weather warms up.
- Water for longer durations, but keep longer intervals between watering; this will encourage root growth.
- Soil amendments can enhance water-retention properties.
- Mulch (when appropriate) further reduces evaporative losses.
- Eliminate weeds as they tend to compete with grasses for water and nutrients.
- Tops of water tanks can be covered halfway to reduce evaporative losses.
- Check water sources--water tanks, creeks, ditches, and ponds--making sure that they are palatable and free of algae and debris. Treat standing water against mosquito larvae using mosquito dunks or crumbles.
- Collect rainwater from gutters and runoff if allowable in your state.
- Refrain from giving the horses baths.
By using common sense, you can use your water resources most effectively for managing your horses and your pastures.