Water is an essential input into the nursery industry, not only is vital for production but it is also vital for the maintenance of our product within the landscape. The industry has experienced the impacts of drought and with the uncertainty of climate change it is likely that drought will remain a threat to the industries future viability. It is also likely that the cost of water will increase and pressures upon the responsible use and stewardship will become more stringent.
For these reasons the industry needs to ensure that it remains a leader in the sustainable and efficient use of water. To support this, considerable amount of investment has been undertaken to develop best practice approaches, tools and guidance for the management, use and conservation of water within the industry.
A range of simple calculators which forms part of the Water Management Toolbox are available for download from here. The calculators are excel based and a cover a range of applications including; system design, operation & maintenance, drainage and fertigation.
The following resources represent some of these tools, guidance’s and best practice management approaches;