Water management

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development supports dryland and irrigated industries by providing information on best practice water management. 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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  • Organic material washed into dams can lead to water becoming unattractive to livestock and possibly toxic.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Irrigation is the most important input for Irrigated agriculture affecting performance, yield and quality of crops.  Irrigation design determines the delivery operation and power use efficiency and

  • Cloudy or coloured water can be a concern when used for household purposes, and sometimes be unsuitable for livestock or irrigation.

  • Chlorination effectively reduces problems with water colour, taste and odour, and treats bacterial contamination.

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