Epsilon Station, located 100km NNE of Cameron’s Corner, QLD, is looking pretty dry this year. The Betts family has resided on the station for more than 63 years, and has so far received 15ml at their homestead, and roughly 20ml on other areas of their station.
The Betts family sources the majority of their water from sub-artesian water which they acquire through the use of submersible and mono pumps. Dams are also a reliable source of water for their stock, and are filled via run-off into catchments from rainfall.
“The installation of new pipelines throughout the properties has been a major priority for us over the years, with the aim of reducing the distance by which cattle need to walk for water. Increasing the number of watering points and narrowing the distance between water will help in evening grazing throughout the property, as well as help decrease weight loss. The introduction of solar bores has also been a great addition to our water management, as it has reduced the distance travelled to check and start bores.”
One of the biggest challenges faced by the Betts family is a lack of rainfall and its subsequent unreliability. Graham explains that “The time spent travelling, checking and maintaining bores can also be challenging, especially when it’s dry”. Luckily, they’ve been able to put some of these worries behind them with the installation of Pioneer Water Tanks. Graham explains that “The installation of Pioneer tanks at many of our water points has helped with decreasing some of the time spent travelling as it has increased our water storage and in turn, decreased the amount of time necessary for water maintenance”.
So, exactly how important is water to the Betts family?
“Without water, or access to it, we essentially wouldn’t be living here. Clean water is not only a necessity for drinking but also for the maintenance of household appliances. When the dam goes dry, you have to cart water, which is an added cost and added time.”