Applying user pays principle to optimise salt drainage options in irrigation systems

Tariq Rana

    Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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    The total capital cost of scheme was around $32 million with grants provided by the Commonwealth Government, under the Federal Water ResourcesAssistance programme, the NSW Government provided the balance. The operation and maintenance costs are collaboratively met by the shareholderswith a cost sharing arrangement with the NSW State Government due to the salt interception value to the Murray River. This study also develops a framework to rationalise salt drainage cost sharing options in irrigationsystems by applying the user pays principle to mitigate waterlogging and salinity impacts. Integrated hydrological, economic, and institutional models are used to convert spatial quantification of groundwater draw down to level of service provided to individual farms and saline flow interception to the surrounding streams for appropriate cost sharing of salinity managementresponsibilities among farmers and the regional water regulation bodies.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • Charles Sturt University
    • Khan, Shahbaz, Principal Supervisor
    Award date01 May 2011
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


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