Sustainable irrigation

The Sustainable Irrigation Program provides practical support to irrigators in the SA Murray-Darling Basin region with the aim of facilitating long-term, sustainable water use.

Funding support

The South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management (SAMDB NRM) Board has been working in partnership with the Australian Government and irrigators to deliver irrigation efficiency programs across the southern connected Murray-Darling Basin region since 2010.

The SAMDB NRM Board has been selected to act as a Delivery Partner under the Murray-Darling Basin Water Efficiency Program (WEP).

In its role of Delivery Partner for the WEP the SAMDB NRM Board and regional staff will actively support irrigators through the complete project cycle - development, assessment and implementation.

Projects must have neutral or positive socio-economic outcomes and must meet minimum water savings of 3ML for projects delivered by the SAMDB NRM Board.

There are five project streams and Natural Resources SAMDB can assist with the following:

  • on-farm projects
  • off-farm projects
  • metering projects
  • urban water efficiency projects
  • industrial water efficiency projects

The socio-economic criteria will be applied to all efficiency measures projects prior to any proposal being approved. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to review the newly adopted criteria and work with their Delivery Partner to ensure compliance of their proposal against the criteria. For details about social and environmental outcomes click here.

For more information on the Water Efficiency Program click here.


Natural Resources SAMDB has developed a number of sustainable irrigation resources to assist irrigators to develop more efficient and profitable systems including fact sheets, case studies and videos.

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