WaterSmart Farms is a $1.5 million, three year project to research sustainable groundwater options to supply suitable water for primary production and other agribusiness activities.
The project builds on research conducted by the Wheatbelt Development Commission, Murdoch University and the Water Corporation looking at innovative solutions to reduce reliance on scheme water and will be delivered together with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and the Great Southern Development Commission.
WaterSmart Farms aims to boost drought resilience and look at the role of desalination in future water resource delivery. It will assess the technology, economics and systems, suitable groundwater resources and options for the disposal of brine.
With a record number of drought declarations in 2020, the project will contribute to ensuring water availability does not become a constraint to future population and economic growth in the Wheatbelt.
PUBLIC Silo Trail, Newdegate (2018) by Brenton See. Photography by Bewley Shaylor, courtesy of FORM