Farmers are being asked to share their on-farm water storage issues via an online survey that will help shape the Grower Group Alliance’s WaterSmart Dams project. The two-year project involves 12 core demonstration sites, building farm-based water planning tools, workshops, field days and industry training. It will investigate solutions including renovating existing dams, building new dams, and implementing evaporation suppression and runoff technologies. WaterSmart Dams is being led by GGA through the South West WA Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub, in collaboration with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and UWA, which is conducting the survey. UWA Associate Professor Nik Callow said the work would significantly benefit WA farmers. “Knowledge and water planning tools are demanded by farmers who need their dams to work in all years, and they need to be able to make water investment decisions with confidence,” he said Initial findings from the survey — which takes five minutes to complete — revealed growers’ varied response strategies to having enough water to get through the next dry season, according to GGA’s first project update. “Growers are selling stock, carting water and reducing water used in their spray program to get through dry years,” GGA said. “Initial results from the WaterSmart Dams survey show that dry years with insufficient water supply and poor water quality are impacting growers.” WaterSmart Dams is jointly funded by DPIRD and the Federal Government via its Future Drought Fund. Visit via gga.org.au/activity/watersmart-dams to complete the survey by October 31.