Good permaculture design allows water to be collected, protected, conserved and reused as much as possible before it is lost.
In the hectare (Mostly Zone 1) around us it was vital - before we built our house, built roads, gardens and shelters etc. - to design our water strategy. Although all our animals are extensively raised, their shelters are concentrated here and we sometimes have more than 200 animals to feed and water.
At first, we had to connect to the city's water to make sure that we had enough, but with careful management, we now pay less than 300€ a year for water - a very small amount for a 37 hectare farm. 🤠
For a guide to practical details on how we manage water, click on the link HERE to see the original photo in flickr. Then move your cursor over the photo for links to larger photos.