Rainwater harvesting @ Waite

Wheat Hub researchers now have access to two 22,500 L rainwater tanks thanks to Research Officer Sanjiv Satija’s successful application for funding provided by the University of Adelaide’s Ecoversity program under the “Green Project Fund – 2019”.

The netted “birdcage” at the rear of the Plant Genomics Centre, Waite Campus, is a much in-demand experimental area and is booked to capacity every year. The on-site poly tunnels provide a semi-controlled environment for plant growth and crop research. However, due to the area’s extensive use and the use of tap water for irrigation, the soil is showing signs of salt deposition.

Using rain water for these plant growth facilities will result in a reduction on the reliance of potable tap water, enhance soil desalination using rain water and stop further salt deposition from tap water.

The success of this project will provide an example of how rain water harvesting projects can be initiated and implemented on campus for other plant growth facilities.

Wheat in a Hot and Dry Climate, November 20th, 2019

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