Journal article

Reallocation through irrigation modernization: The ‘once-in-a-hundred-year’ opportunity of the North-South Pipeline, Australia

EL O'Donnell, DE Garrick, AC Horne

Water Security | Elsevier BV | Published : 2019


© 2019 Elsevier B.V. There is growing international interest in securing water for cities by increasing the efficiency of irrigation, but realising this potential depends on clear accounting of where and how water savings have been achieved. Adopted in 2007, the Foodbowl Modernization programme and North-South Pipeline in Victoria, Australia is one of the largest attempts to secure water for cities through irrigation efficiency improvements. Over 10 years later, the case offers an opportunity to examine the outcomes of water reallocation from irrigation to the city of Melbourne. This paper explores the drivers, process and outcomes of the North-South pipeline, and identifies key lessons for ..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This paper is based on work funded by the World Bank. Dr Avril Horne is funded through and ARC DECRA fellowship, DE180100550