Water

A changing climate and increased competition for scarce water resources means the Western Australian agriculture sector must adapt to reduced water availability. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is supporting the sector through innovative research and management strategies to identify new water resources, and sustain the quality and efficient use of available water resources.

The department provides technical information on a range of water related issues, and works to complement the Department of Water’s administration of the Western Australian Rural Water Planning Program. This program supports dryland rural communities to improve and better manage non-potable water supplies, through incentive schemes, grants, and planning and technical services.

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  • In Western Australia, carrots are grown on sandy soils of low water-holding capacity. When evaporation exceeds rainfall, irrigation is important to ensure high yields and quality.

  • Shallow relief drains are effective at removing surface water from flooded land. Removing flood water reduces waterlogging and groundwater recharge and improves productivity of the soil.

  • Permanent raised beds are a practical and economic means of managing some waterlogged sites in wetter areas of the Western Australian grainbelt.

  • Leveed deep drains are deep excavated channels with sloping floors and sides and levees on both sides.

  • Open deep drains are deep excavated channels with sloping floors and sides, designed to intercept and drain surface (usually fresh) and subsurface water (usually saline in Western Australia) from a

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

  • Water quality can influence the efficacy of chemicals used in spraying crops and pastures.

  • Organic material washed into dams can lead to water becoming unattractive to livestock and possibly toxic.

  • Land capability assessment is used to identify the potential for agricultural and non-agricultural land uses. It considers specific requirements of the land use and also identifies potenti

  • An evaporation basin is a natural salt lake or engineered earth structure designed to store and evaporate saline water.

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