Coleambally Water Efficiency and Metering


On 21 September 2015, responsibility for water policy and resources was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Administrative Arrangement Order made on 21 September 2015.

This website will be updated to reflect these changes.

Coleambally Irrigation area, New South Wales

Australian Government Funding: $7,205,692

About the project

The project rolls out the latest precision irrigation techniques and contemporary water data technologies over the Coleambally irrigation region to maximise production and reduce the environmental footprint of irrigation. Precision irrigation instruments and systems, including but not limited to soil moisture monitoring, deep leakage monitoring, irrigation application rate optimisation, outlet controllers and automation will be installed to more precisely match water application to crop water needs.

Project benefits

The project has:

  • generated approximately 2.57 GL per year of water savings which will be made available for environmental use
  • resulted in a 10-20 per cent reduction in salt interception through reduction of on-farm recharge
  • enabled public communication of real time data
  • complemented the system harmonisation research work being undertaken under the Regional Irrigation Business Partnership program which aims to maximise return of irrigation investment and reduce the environmental footprint of irrigation activities.