Increased salinity in irrigation water, especially in times of drought, is a significant threat to the vegetable industry. The impact of drought on irrigation water quality can make it unsuitable for salt-sensitive crops.
The vegetable producing areas most at risk from increased salinity include:
- Lockyer Valley, Bowen, Qld
- Werribee, Vic, especially recycled water used for irrigation
- Perth, Manjimup and Pemberton in WA
- Virginia Plains and Murray Bridge in SA
Click HERE for a CSIRO review on the benefits and risks of using recycled water, including the issue of salinity.
No effect on yield
Yield reduced by 10%