New smart irrigation system to replace the old Smart Drainage system
New smart drainage system to make it easier for farmers to control irrigation and keep crops watered is being developed by the National Water Commission.
Key points:The Smart Drainade system is being used in many parts of the country but it has been slow to catch on in WAThe smart system works by detecting water levels and automatically controlling irrigation.
It uses a digital sensor to record the water levels.
Farmers are still required to pay for irrigation and use water meters to record water levels but the system will be more effective when water levels are accurately measured and controlled by the farmer.
It will be able to use sensors that detect water levels to control irrigations, with data being shared to other departments.
Key events that occurred during the day:Farmers can now monitor their irrigation output using the Smart Drainout system.
The system uses a water meter to record information about water levels from a nearby location.
The meter can be used to track water levels, which can then be used in the irrigation system.
Farmer can monitor irrigation output through a web app and can also control the irrigation remotely.
Farm equipment is being replaced by the new Smart Draindown system.
Water meters can be connected to the Smart System to track irrigation levels.
The Smart System can now be used across the state to control and monitor irrigation levels from anywhere in the state.
Farm irrigation equipment is still required by the Government to be registered with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR).
There is a lot of uncertainty about how this new system will work and farmers will have to pay more to have the system installed.
The project will cost up to $50 million to install, and it is being backed by the Department and Rural Health Minister, and the WA Government.
The National Water Commissioner is overseeing the project and is expected to approve the project later this year.