Water management

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development supports dryland and irrigated industries by providing information on best practice water management in dryland and irrigated farming systems. This includes information on rainfall-runoff capture, storage and use, and management systems to prevent land degradation.

Support and knowledge on practices for irrigation as well as planning and design tools, to support farmers manage water in a changing climate, are being continually updated. Our work complements the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s Rural Water Planning Program, which offers incentive schemes, grants, planning and technical services, emergency water arrangements, and information on best practice water supply improvements.

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  • Groundwater in the Western Australian grainbelt is a useful resource for on-farm water. However, in this environment it is often saline and unsuitable for livestock or other on-farm uses.

  • Pumping of groundwater and disposal of saline effluent (brine) from desalination is covered by regulations requiring owners or occupiers to notify the Commissioner of Soil and Land Conservation bef

  • The averaged annual direct cost of water erosion to dryland farming in Western Australia is estimated to be $10 million, but the costs are much higher in years of severe summer storms.

  • Drip irrigation is common in modern orchards.?For?this method of irrigation it is easier to use litres rather than the more traditional unit of millimetres when describing?readily available water?i

  • To make sound decisions on managing saline sites, you need to know the source of salt, how salinisation is occurring, the landscape context, and most importantly, the actual salt concentration of t

  • Excavated tanks (farm dams) provide effective water storage wherever surface water run-off can be harvested for livestock, crop spraying, irrigation and domestic use on rural properties.

  • Jujubes (or Chinese dates) are a new horticultural industry in Western Australia. This page outlines recommendations for irrigating jujubes in WA.

  • Rising groundwater is a major land degradation hazard in many areas of the South West Agricultural Region of Western Australia, and results in increased salinisation.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) carries out the requirements of the Soil and Land Conservation Act 1945 to mitigate and prevent land degradation throu

  • By following this guide, you can estimate the amount of water stored in a dam, and how evaporation and water for livestock, spraying and other uses will affect water reserves.

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