Water Stewardship can be defined as the use of water that is socially and culturally equitable, environmentally sustainable and economically beneficial, achieved through a stakeholder-inclusive process that involves site and catchment based actions. The Renmark Irrigation Trust is committed to acting as a responsible water steward in the Renmark region.
In 2018 the Renmark Irrigation Trust became the first agricultural site and first irrigation scheme in the world to be awarded gold level certification by the Alliance for Water Stewardship. The award recognises excellence in the management of water through its high standard of governance, efficient use of water for its members and partnerships with community groups in environmental restoration. In 2020, the Trust became the first irrigation scheme in the world to be awarded platinum level certification, the highest level of certification under the Alliance for Water Stewardship model. The increase to Platinum level recognises the Trust’s continued activity in advocating for responsible water management and furthering innovative community partnerships in environmental management and restoration.
Water stewardship in our community
The Trust continues to seek new ways to communicate and share good water stewardship practices with the local community, and is currently working in partnership with the Alliance for Water Stewardship to develop a pilot program to gain access for local growers to AWS certification.
Hosting water stewardship industry participants
The Trust is committed to supporting good water stewardship within the local community. During April 2019, the Trust hosted a PhD candidate and facilitated local grower participation to develop PhD research into participating in water stewardship programs.
Development of local grower pilot program
The Trust was the recipient of a Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) grant in 2018 to explore the feasibility of Renmark growers gaining access to the Trust’s AWS Gold (now Platinum) certification. The Trust has continued to explore the feasibility of grower access and is current working in partnership with the Alliance for Water Stewardship to develop a pilot program. Watch this space!