The purpose of the IFWUEA is to identify where on-farm irrigation water losses occur and provide a quantification of those losses.
An IFWUEA is a prerequisite to applying for infrastructure funding under the STBIFM and will be used by DPI during the assessment of realistic water savings in any subsequent infrastructure funding application submitted to the program.
An IFWUEA will assist eligible irrigators to determine if efficiencies can be gained by modernising on-farm irrigation infrastructure.
IFWUEAs assist irrigators developing a funding proposal for infrastructure modernisation by enabling them to develop infrastructure options which address the on-farm irrigation water losses occurring on their farms.
In preparing an IFWUEA, DPI recommends irrigators engage the services of a suitably certified and/or accredited Irrigation Consultant to assist with analysis, interpretation and communication of information. IFWUEAs must be certified by a suitable Irrigation Consultant before submission to DPI. A verified IFWUEA becomes a part of any subsequent infrastructure application and will be used by DPI during the assessment of the application for technical feasibility and realistic water savings.
Note: An application for infrastructure funding cannot be considered without being accompanied by a verified IFWUEA. Please refer to Round 9 Guidelines for details.
It is important to identify the scope for improvement in irrigation performance through assessing the potential water losses. Information generated from the IFWUEA will allow irrigators to identify the most cost-effective options for modernisation and will assist in developing a funding proposal.
Funding may be provided to eligible irrigators to assist in meeting the total cost of undertaking an IFWUEA.
The funding for IFWUEAs will be implemented by DPI under the following guidelines:
Where a farm plan exists that has been created with the assistance of Government funding, funding for an IFWUEA will be limited to the amount necessary to update the plan.
IFWUEAs must be certified.
It is expected that ICs will have a range of water loss assessment skills, methods and experience including (but not limited to):-
Irrigation Consultants will satisfy the following assessment criteria:
Examples of suitable accrediting bodies include (but are not limited to):
If in doubt regarding the certification of an Irrigation Consultant or any other aspect of completing and submitting an IFWUEA contact:
Robert Hoogers, Irrigation Development Officer, Yanco
T: 02 6951 2628
DPI reserves the right to request evidence of relevant skills and experience of a potential Irrigation Consultant.