Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) will install 19km of pipelines across the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District, with works expected to create significant water savings in the region.
The $2 billion Goulburn-Murray Water Connections Project plans to construct 16 pipelines during the 2017/18 irrigation season, in consultation with landowners, as part of its early works schedule.
Works are currently being carried out or completed on ten of the pipelines – installing a total of almost 12km – in three irrigation districts:
- Rochester – four pipelines totalling more than 7.5km
- Torrumbarry – three pipelines totalling more than three kilometres
- Murray Valley – two pipelines totalling more than one kilometre
Meters and regulators will also be upgraded along the pipelines at the same time.
Traditionally, pipeline works were carried out during the winter works period; however the project is now undertaking works throughout the year to increase efficiencies in reaching water savings targets.
Victorian Minister for Water, Lisa Neville, said the Connections Project is delivering an improved water supply to Australia’s agricultural communities and modernising the irrigation district.
“These critical crucial works are ensuring we deliver an efficient irrigation system that supports irrigators in regional Victoria into the future,” Ms Neville said.
Project Director, Frank Fisseler, said completing works during the 2017 irrigation season means more landowners will be connected to the modernised delivery network sooner.
“We are modernising the delivery network to supply water more efficiently and generate water savings that contribute to the long-term sustainability of Victoria’s water supply,” Mr Fisseler said.