Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and its consortium partners have won a prestigious international water saving award.
Goulburn Broken CMA’s Farm Water program received high praise for the development of a water savings calculator, designed to measure the savings derived from modernising irrigation systems.
The calculator took out the WatSave Innovation and Technology Award at the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage annual conference in Mexico last month.
Established in 1950, ICID is a leading scientific international organisation, which is committed to the promotion of sustainable agricultural water management.
Goulburn Broken CMA chief executive officer Chris Norman, who was in Mexico to accept the award and make a presentation on the Farm Water program, said it was a great thrill for Goulburn Broken CMA and its partners to be the first ever winners from Australia in the international WatSave Awards at the ICID Congress.
‘‘We are achieving water savings in a measured and rigorous way that the rest of the world can only dream about,’’ Mr Norman said.
‘‘Delegates from around the world will get the chance to see how Australia is tackling the balance between domestic, irrigator and environmental demands for water when they attend the 2020 ICID Congress to be held in Sydney.’’
Mr Norman said the calculator had been central to the Farm Water program’s success since its inception in 2009.
‘‘It’s rewarding that the international panel of judges recognised the system was technically robust and just reaffirms the confidence we already had in our processes.’’