Water Security

Water security is a key issue facing regional producers and landholders. In particular, for local graziers who rely on dam water for their livestock and don’t have access to mains water.  Water security has therefore become a ‘project priority’ for BIGG.


BIGG received separate funding from the Northern and Yorke Landscape Board (November 2020) and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program (June 2021) to investigate on-farm water security solutions for the region, including the following activities.


Report: Planning Farm Water Supplies – April 2022

As part of BIGGs Smart Farms Grant, PIRSA produced an extensive report for BIGG, covering the various water supply, capture, storage, reticulation, and monitoring options to consider on-farm. The report also includes various case studies.


The report can be found at Planning Farm Water supplies


BIGG’s Water Planning Workshop – April 2022

What are the options and strategies you need to consider to help make your property ‘water secure’?

These were examined at a BIGG workshop, featuring PIRSA Officers, Mary-Anne Young and Brian Hughes and BIGG Technical Facilitator, Janie Evans.


BIGG’s Water Catchment Workshop – September 2021

This workshop showcased how rainwater can be successfully harvested using an on-farm lined catchment. It featured representatives from the Coorong region, Tracey Stugnell and Mark Scobie (who have been at the forefront of this innovation), and local PIRSA soils expert Brian Hughes.


Case studies





Barossa New Water Project



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