Water use efficiency investments for healthy headwaters
- A state government project is helping identify water use efficiencies.
Under the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative up to $36 million has been committed through the Department of Environment and Resource Management to help prepare for a future with less water.
The Healthy headwaters water use efficiency project (HHWUE) will help farmers invest in efficient irrigation systems and technologies that reduce water loss, deliver long-term economic benefits, and return a share of water savings to the Murray-Darling Basin´s rivers, wetlands and floodplains.
This project will provide irrigators with the necessary information, training and tools to assess the costs and benefits of investing in water use efficiency technologies.
Start date: May 2010
Graham Harris, +617 46881559
This extension project supports the implementation of the HHWUE. It will provide a range of extension services to increase knowledge and management of on-farm water resulting in improved water use efficiency in irrigated agriculture in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin.
Irrigators within the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin will have the knowledge and skills to assess the cost-benefit of investing in water use efficiency technologies. Those investing in these technologies will have increased returns per megalitre of irrigation water within two years of investment.
The project team will assist irrigators assess the water use efficiency (WUE) of their existing irrigation systems and ascertain the cost-benefit of investing in one or more of the available WUE technologies and management practices. This will be achieved by:
Irrigation district advisory committees for the project will be established in the Border Rivers and St George/Lower Balonne to provide direction for the project at the local level.
The Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation will work with irrigators and commercial firms to encourage the delivery and use of services that will assist irrigators assess the performance of their existing systems and infrastructure.
Training workshops and field days to be delivered under this project include the:
A centre pivot and lateral move DVD will be produced which details the engineering and agronomic considerations in investing in this technology, together with interviews with irrigators who have already made the investment.
The Australian Government through the Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management
Queensland Murray Darling:
Phone: 07 4688 1559
Mobile: 04279 29103