The purpose of the IFWUEA is to identify where on-farm irrigation water losses occur and provide a quantification of those losses.
An IFWUEA will assist irrigators to determine if efficiencies can be gained by modernising on-farm irrigation infrastructure.
An IFWUEA can assist irrigators 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.
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.
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:
IFWUEAs must be certified.
An Irrigation Consultant with qualifications to conduct an IFWUEA should have a range of water loss assessment skills, methods and experience including (but not limited to):-
Irrigation Consultants should 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 an IFWUEA contact:
Robert Hoogers, Irrigation Development Officer, Yanco
T: 02 6951 2628