6.4 Water Supply Problems

There is a risk of water delivery systems breaking down, especially if taps, pipes and electrical coverings are corroded. This may be a greater problem on older vessels that have been regularly cleaned for years with salt water.

Water supply systems may become inadequate during very hot weather when demand is high. This may be exacerbated by inadequate water trough space.

In crowded pens, access to water troughs or drinker bowls may be difficult. This is especially a problem when drinker bowls are located in corners of pens. One or two animals standing in the corner can block access by others.

Horned animals may be unable to put their heads between pen rails to reach troughs and small animals may be unable to reach elevated troughs.