Water management

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) 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. DAFWA’s work complements the Department of Water’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.


  • 17 May 2017

    Jujubes (or Chinese dates) are a new horticultural industry in Western Australia. This page outlines recommendations for irrigating jujubes in Western Australia. 

  • 17 August 2017

    Growers who know the amount of water that a soil can hold for plant growth — the size of the 'bucket' — can estimate potential crop yield and the value of treating soil constraints to that yield.

  • 19 July 2017

    The final harvest at the netted demonstration resulted in the best crop of the three year project.

  • 7 February 2017

    Roof run-off or rainwater can provide clear, very soft and low-salinity water.

  • 15 September 2017

    Disposal of saline effluent (brine) from desalination is covered by regulations requiring owners or occupiers to notify the Commissioner of Soil and Land Conservation before any discharge takes pla

  • 23 August 2017

    Managing subsurface water can help to lower watertables and alleviate problems with waterlogging, rising salinity, and infrastructure damage.

  • 22 November 2016

    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

  • 18 September 2017

    In this article we provide details on how to approximate your annual water requirements for commercial production of avocados.

  • 19 October 2016

    Selecting the correct pump for an irrigation system will not only result in better crop production, but save money on running costs over its life.  A poor pump choice may result in damage to the sy

  • 15 June 2017

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) recommends surface water management wherever water erosion occurs and where water movement control or water harvesting is required.


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