SMART Irrigation is a practical way for irrigators to implement and demonstrate Good Management Practice.
SMART Irrigation allows irrigators to maintain financial viability whilst meet community expectations around sustainable water management.
Requirements of SMART Irrigation
The Irrigation System IS Efficient
Irrigation is scheduled
Operators are trained
Training is key for everyone involved in irrigation and must include health and safety considerations.
INZ has developed a number of resources for irrigators including guides, templates and checklists, these are available free to all INZ members, or provided free as part of the training.
Auditable records are kept
Records are key to SMART Irrigation. Without evidence accountability is compromised.
Records also provide a useful tool for analysis of performance and continual improvement.
The following ‘guide to water management during the irrigation season’ provides some simple tips for you to manage your irrigation efficiently.
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June 20 @ 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Potential and new directors and managers who interact with boards and wish to increase their understanding of the governance environment. A refresh course for existing directors and managers.
August 8 @ 8:30 am - August 9 @ 5:00 pm
Irrigation fundamentals is a 2 day course targeting new entrants to the industry and frontline staff of businesses and organisations that provide services to the irrigation industry. The aim of the 2 days is to give people a comprehensive overview of the….. Read more
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