Water Security Technology Project
Water Security Technology Project
With the support of funding from the National Landcare Program - Smart Farms Program (an Australian Government Initiative), the Coorong Tatiara Local Action Plan and Coorong Water Security Advisory Group undertook the 'Coorong Water Security Innovations Applied Project' over the 2018-2020 period.
This project included four key components;
1. Testing innovative water security technologies and producing Technical Notes covering;
2. Production of three Water Security Project Options Fact Sheets including planning, considerations, and case studies including;
Further background information on Water Harvesting and Lined Catchments can be accessed at the Water Harvesting and Lined Catchment web page
Further background information on Piping Projects can be accessed at the On Farm Piping Projects web page.
Further background information on Farm Desalination can be accessed at On Farm Desalination web page.
3. Production of a Fact Sheet summarising information on Farm Water Infrastructure Tax Benefits and Rebates;
During the current COVID 19 crisis there may significant changes to tax incentives via economic stimulus and other funding and investment opportunities.
We will aim to provide any updates of relevance to agriculture in the CTLAP newsletter. However we suggest you remain aware of the latest news announcements about the State and Federal COVID 19 stimulus packages.
4. Water Security Technology Tours and Events
- The Agriculture Innovation Update was held in June 2020 in Tintinara which included an interactive display and presentation from Shane Oster of the Alpha Group on remote access technologies including Leak Detection Units, Tank Level Monitors, and Weather Stations. Please click here to access this presentation as well as several others. Links to Ag Innovation Update page
- A Desalination Information Night was held in April 2019 in conjunction with the Coomandook Agricultural Bureau.
This was a very informative session with key speakers; Gerard Van Den Brink of Van Den Brink Partners, Gary Crisp and Brad Gauci of the John Holland Group.
Gerard shared his experience in installing and using two on farm desalination units, one solar and the other mains powered. Gerard explained how this had improved their livestock production business and reduced costs.
Gary Crisp, Engineering Manager with John Holland Group. Gary had impressive experience in desalination from an engineering perspective over the years with involvement in the development and construction of large scale desalination units in Western Australian, Gold Coast, and several in North America. Gary is a past director of the International Desalination Association.
Gary provided the audience with an invaluable insight into; - the history of desalination, - evolution and types of desalination, and - large scale desalination projects.
Chemical Engineer Brad Gauci, also from the John Holland Group, provided additional information on chemical and process engineering in regard to the desalination process.
- Water Security Technology Tours - Coomandook 6th March, Policemans Point 13th March 2020
The Water Security Technology Tours were an opportunity to promote the outcomes of the Coorong Water Security Innovations Applied, Coorong Lined Catchments, and the Livestock Water Security & Weather Station Technology Tour Projects.
Technical experts who developed key technologies as part of these projects gave in paddock demonstrations and presentations on;
- Water Shut Off / Leak Detection Units
- Flow Meter / Leak Detection Units
- Drone mounted Leak Finding Themal Imaging
- Automated Shandying / Water Blending
- Tank Level Sensors
- On Farm Weather Stations
- and at Policemans Point Lined Catchments and Water Harvesting
Photos from the Coomandook Tour
Photos from the Policemans Point Tour