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Pumping of groundwater and disposal of saline effluent (reject water) from desalination is covered by regulations requiring owners or occupiers to notify the Commissioner of Soil and Land Conservat
Managing subsurface water can help to lower watertables and alleviate problems with waterlogging, rising salinity, and infrastructure damage.
Farm fires will often lead to contaminated surface-water supplies: ash and soil from burnt paddocks and bushland can be blown or washed into farm dams and provide nutrients for bacteria and algae.
Chlorination effectively reduces problems with water colour, taste and odour, and treats bacterial contamination.
Natural or constructed grassed waterways can be used to safely move surface water across the natural landscape, and handle water flow into and out of dams, the end of grade banks and other surface
Measure water quality and quantity to effectively plan and monitor water supplies for livestock.
An evaporation basin is a natural salt lake or engineered earth structure designed to store and evaporate saline water.
The table below provides suggested maximum velocities of surface water flow on various soils. This information can be used when designing surface water management structures.
Shallow relief drains are relatively cheap and easy to construct, and are effective at removing surface water from flooded or ponding land.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is planning for the future of irrigated agriculture development in the Pilbara