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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  • 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.

  • A roaded catchment is a water-harvesting structure designed to increase the amount of run-off from the catchment above a receiving farm dam.

  • This interactive map – produced by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) – allows you to explore south-west Western Australian regional groundwater trends, local gro

  • We use land-use planning to ensure that land and water resources are available for agriculture and food businesses to expand and grow.

  • We recommend using broad-based banks to intercept and divert surface water run-off in cropping areas where conventional banks would interrupt vehicle movement.

  • After farm fires, protect your water supply from contamination.

  • Water erosion occurs when raindrops hit the soil surface and displace soil particles, and when water flowing over the land surface moves soil particles.

  • Rainwater run-off from a roof can provide clear, very soft and low-salinity water.

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