Whether you run a production, wholesale, or retail site, an adequate supply of water is always important. However, you may not be aware of the large amount of water wastage. The Nursery and Garden Industry Australia's (NGIA) Best Practice Guidelines states: 'Water use efficiencies as low as 10% are common in Australian nurseries.'
Many nurseries irrigate all plants to the needs of the driest, most water thirsty plant. This may mean that up to 80% of plants are receiving too much water! Irrigation must be designed and managed properly.
Recycling water reduces consumption of mains water and limits the amount of runoff from the site.
Managing runoff has many benefits; one of which is to help recover used water safely for treatment and recycling.
Water efficiency doesn’t necessarily mean buying new products
It is often a matter of good site design and management. This includes such activities as arranging plants for efficient water application and educating staff. Develop a management plan that encourages all workers to get involved.
If you are planning to incorporate water efficient practices into your business, seek further expert advice. The NGIA can provide information on training courses and sources of detailed information. Also, remember to consult your local council/shire, your water authority and your electricity supplier on local issues and regulations.
Other benefits of saving water in nurseries
The Australian textile, clothing, footwear and leather industry uses about 50 Gigalitres of water per year.