Do You Have a Water Contingency Plan?

In 2016, many areas of the province saw very warm and dry conditions. In 2017, the opposite occurred. Many areas of the province experienced excessive amounts rain, leading to saturated soils and flooding. There are many resources, including publications from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), that can help farmers manage water during low or excessive situations:

Contingency planning is an important way to plan for the future. OMAFRA encourages farmers to create water management contingency plans for their operations to be ready for whatever the future brings. Plans can outline:

  • How much water is needed for the operation, including water for livestock
  • Alternative water sources when wells and reservoirs run dry, including water haulers and well drillers (keeping in mind that these sources may be unavailable at the height of low water conditions)
  • Other feed sources for livestock and poultry
  • Drainage options
  • What to do with livestock if there’s flooding
  • How to handle flooding in farm buildings

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OMAFRA is working with other provincial ministries, conservation authorities and other partners to develop ways to help farmers manage water resources and to plan for periods of low and excessive water. While we can’t predict the weather, we can plan for it.

ontario.ca/omafra

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