Step 1: Reviewing current practice

Carry out a review which looks at how water is used, where it is used, what for and where it is disposed of.

You can review your current practice in four easy steps:

  1. Estimate your annual water consumption
  2. Calculate your estimated water costs
  3. Calculate your actual water costs
  4. Compare the estimated and actual water costs

Estimated water consumption

Calculate your annual volume of water consumption demand based on standard figures.

Stock Type Units Per livestock (m3) Annual demand (m3)
Dairy Cows   54  
Beef Cattle   18  
Young Stock   12-18  
Pigs-sows   6  
Fatteners   5  
Sheep   2  
Poultry   91 per 100 birds  
Domestic   200 per household  
Other      
Annual Volume  

Estimated water costs

Use the annual volume you calculated under estimated water consumption and refer to your most recent water bill and complete the table (based on current mains water charges).

   Estimated (m3) Cost per m3 Annual Cost
Annual Volume  
Meter charges
Total Cost

Actual water costs

Refer to your most recent water bill and complete the table (based on current mains water charges).

  Actual (m3) Cost per m3 Annual Cost
Annual Volume  
Meter charges
Total Cost