Irrigation farmers have excellent data on water supply through forecasting and monitoring of local catchment flows. However, they do not have a clear picture of how much of this water each crop requires, or how water translates into economic, environmental, and social returns for farmers and the broader community.
The project will provide reliable, independent data on water demand in the Warren-Donnelly catchment in south-west Western Australia. With 30 participating farms covering the avocado, apple, grape, stone fruit and truffle industries, it will be delivered in three stages:
1. Water Flow Sensors & Online Dashboard: real-time data from sensors will be made available to farmers via an online dashboard. At the end of the season, farmers will be able to see how their water use compares to other de-identified farms in the region.
2. Future Supply: the on-farm data will then be aggregated with other available data to calculate water demand across the catchment and compare it to forecast water supply.
3.Broader Benefits: Researchers from Curtin University will calculate how water translates into flow-on social, economic and environmental benefits for the region.