WaterSmart Farms – Water Security and Resilience in a Drying Climate

Page last updated: Monday, 18 December 2023 - 1:14pm

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The WaterSmart Farms project will support adoption of on-farm desalinisation plants in agricultural regions, to process brackish groundwater into a suitable resource for livestock, crop agronomy and other agribusiness activities.

The project is investigating optimal on-farm desalinisation technology and its application in the Grainbelt and Great Southern regions of WA. WaterSmart Farms will assess the technology, economics and systems, suitable groundwater resources and options for the disposal of reverse osmosis (RO) reject water.

Project updates

'WaterSmart Farms. Water Security in a Drying Climate - Brackish Water Desalination Trials'.
A presentation to Engineers Australia, Though Leaders Series on 2 July 2023, by:

  • Dr Richard George - Senior Principal Research Scientist - DPIRD
  • Anthony Bodycoat - Principal Research and Development - Water Corporation

On 12 July 2023, members of the WaterSmart Farms team provided an online presentation to Engineers Australia as part of the Thought Leaders Series. The video provides an overview and update of progress of the WaterSmart Farms project and was well received with 775 live online attendees.

Decision support tools

WaterSmart Farms is producing a series of support tools that will assist farmers and other industry stakeholders to make informed decisions. 

TOOLS - Groundwater & Salinity Maps

Groundwater and Salinity Interactive Map

  • More than 8000 groundwater monitoring bores
  • Local and Regional groundwater trends
  • Areas of satellite-mapped salinity as of the year 2000
  • Areas with a potential to have shallow watertables and potential salinity
Link to GeoMap-WA


  • Geology and Geophyics
  • Simplified version of DMIRS GeoView-WA
  • Suitable for use on a tablet or phone
Surface water and dams map

Surface Water and Dams - Hydro Guide

  • modelled surface-water flow and accumulation within the south-west agricultural region
  • farm dams and lakes
  • land surface contours and terrain slope
  • areas of potential inundation
Evaporation basin Calculator

Evaporation Basin Calculator


  •  design guides for disposal basins

Climate Action in Western Australia

Western Australia is taking significant steps to prepare for climate change and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

There are various initiatives in place to support more opportunities in low-carbon jobs and new industries (such as renewable hydrogen, future battery and carbon farming).

Solar, wind, and other renewable sources of energy will power our homes and businesses. This paves the way for reliable and affordable energy for generations to come.

Adaptation is also a key response to manage in an increasingly variable climate. With a drier and hotter conditions, securing water in regional areas is critical to enable agriculture and sustain regional communities.

Find out more about how the WA Government is developing new water technology options through its WaterSmart Farms and related initiatives underway in WA, go to Climate Action WA.