Dam building takes a lot of planning

PIVOTAL: A dam is an important part of a farm's infrastructure. Farm dams should be planned and built with the same care you would apply to building a house.
PIVOTAL: A dam is an important part of a farm's infrastructure. Farm dams should be planned and built with the same care you would apply to building a house.

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Excavation and earthmoving can be an important part of the development of any holding, and can be used for important infrastructure including building dams.

Building a farm dam is not a case of digging a hole and waiting for it to fill with water. Many farm dams fail because they were not planned or built properly.

Farm dams should be planned and built with the same care you would apply to building a house.

There are also several things to consider when building a farm dam, such as who should build it, preparing the site, building the dam, and maintaining the dam.

Department of Primary Industries websites contain information on where dams can be built. 

It is advisable to check with the DPI before you start building, as they can confirm whether or not a dam can be constructed at the proposed site on your property. 

A permit is required for excavations, placement of fill or construction in or near a watercourse, lake or estuary. 

When determining dam size, growers will need to consider farm water requirements. Water requirements also vary considerably depending on crop type, geographic location, stock type and stock numbers. 

If the dam will be used for irrigation, this may increase its size considerably, depending on what proportion of the crop’s water needs the storage will hold. Evaporation losses must also be considered. 

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