Why Farming Matters

Water use

Refers to page 13 in the booklet

This activity offers an opportunity for children to think about their own water usage, to look at how water is used at home and in school and to compare it with water use on the farm.

Farmers use water for:

Irrigating (watering) their crops, providing drinking water for their animals, cleaning farmyards and the buildings where animals are housed and cleaning machinery, plus all the more familiar uses of water for humans such as drinking, washing and cooking. Farmers try to save water by using methods such as rainwater harvesting – collecting rainwater from the roofs of buildings just like we can do by using water butts.

Water use can be quite a complicated issue and it would be useful to ask a farmer to talk to the class about this.