By improving water efficiency on farms, it is possible to reduce pressure on drinking water supplies, save money and improve river health.
Sydney farmers produce a wide range of fresh produce for local consumption. Crops such as field and greenhouse vegetables, dairy products, flowers, turf and fruit trees have an estimated farm gate value of at least $450 million and provide significant employment benefits.
By improving water efficiency on farms it is possible to reduce pressure on drinking water supplies, save money and improve river health.
The WaterSmart Farm extension and education services, including the WaterWise on the Farm initiative, incorporates education, training and community awareness activities. It is run by the NSW Department of Primary Industries and successfully assists farmers to improve their water efficiency and reduce nutrient runoff.
To promote efficient water use, the NSW Government is rolling out a metering program and supporting the expansion of a transparent and efficient water trading market. The metering program and water trading opportunities will be enhanced through implementation of the water sharing plans for the Greater Metropolitan Region.
To find out more view Chapter 6 of the 2010 Metropolitan Water Plan (PDF).