For good growth and production, pigs require access to good quality drinking water. Water plays an important role in body processes:
regulating body temperature, transporting nutrients around the body, removing toxins and helps with filtration aiding digestion lubricating and protecting the body’s organs.
Water consumption by pigs
At birth, a piglet’s body is 80% water, compared to 50% in a finisher. Pigs need to maintain these levels by consuming water in their feed or by drinking water. It has been reported that for finisher pigs when ambient temperature increases from 10°C to 25°C water consumption is increased from 2.2 to 4.2 litres per day (L/day). This is a significant increase in the volume of water being consumed and therefore the water systems and drinkers need to be able to meet this demand.