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Recycled Water and Salinity

This project aims to demonstrate the economic and environmental value of using recycled water to irrigate South Australia’s food and wine crops.

Co-funded by the Goyder Institute for Water Research and the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence, the project is a collaboration between SARDI, the University of Adelaide and local viticulture and horticulture businesses.

Trials on almond orchards will use mixtures of recycled water and freshwater to identify the most salt sensitive growth stages of almond trees.

Vineyard trials will test whether various rainfall redirection treatments will reduce salinity pressure on vines and assess the benefits of constructing raised mounds in the mid-row.

Based on the success of these trials, the horticulture industry could expand its use of recycled water schemes for precision crop irrigation in other dry regions and improve management of soil salinity.

More information about the project can be found at the SARDI website

The final report from this project is available at Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence website:

Photo of Tim Pitt, SARDI Researcher, courtesy of SARDI