Water grants 2015: livestock troughs (LV7)

Eligibility and requirements for livestock troughs.

This guidance was withdrawn on

Capital items for improving water quality are now available through the Mid Tier of Countryside Stewardship.

Applies to England

Farmers and other land managers can apply for water grants.

Read the accompanying guidance to find out more about Countryside Stewardship water grants 2015.

How much will be paid

£110 per unit.

Where the item is available

This item is available in Catchment Sensitive Farming target areas. It can only be used on sites where livestock are unable to access stream or surface waters.

When this item can’t be used

This item can’t be used:

  • under housing or roof structures;
  • within 10m of ditches, streams or waterways; or
  • within 6m of historical or archaeological features.

How this item will benefit the environment

This item will provide livestock with an alternative to drinking from watercourses and ponds. It will reduce bank erosion, sediment pollution and the faecal contamination of watercourses.


Applicants must send dated photographs of the existing site with their application.

On the land

Successful applicants will need to:

  • make sure the trough is made of galvanised steel, or concrete, spray-moulded glass-reinforced cement or polyethylene;
  • make sure the trough has a ball valve and service box;
  • connect the trough to a water supply or to water supplied from a bowser on a regular basis;
  • meet the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 if you use a mains water supply; and
  • make sure the trough meets relevant British Standards.

Keeping records

Successful applicants will need to keep:

  • dated photographs of the site after the work has taken place (submit these with any claim and show them on inspection); and
  • copies of all receipted invoices and bank statements relating to this work.

What must not be done

Do not:

  • allow overflow or leaks to contribute to runoff, ponding or erosion in the field; or
  • damage historic or environmental features.

How to carry out this item

The following section gives advice on carrying out this item successfully.

How to choose a site

The trough should be placed:

  • on a hardstand or on well-drained soil to avoid unnecessary trampling (poaching), erosion or runoff; and
  • away from features through which organic manures and sediment to enter waterways.

This item can be used with the following items:

Published 2 March 2015