Goulburn Murray Water (GMW) has marked a significant milestone in its ongoing $177.5 million Water Efficiency Project, generating more than half (8GL) of the project’s promised 15.9GL water savings.

Expected to be completed by mid-2023, the project is a successor to GMW’s Connections Project and consists of various asset reconfigurations throughout the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District (GMID).

These include the treatment of 1,021 outlets and more than 250km of channel, which includes the conversion of numerous sections of channel into pipelines.

GMW Water Efficiency Project Director, Frank Fisseler, said the project could improve irrigation standards for over a thousand GMW customers and is expected to generate an additional Gross Domestic Product revenue of $167.5 million once completed.

“Water is an increasingly valuable resource and it is crucial we create savings where possible,” Mr Fisseler said.

“8GL of savings is substantial, but we still have plenty of work to go. Once we complete the Project, we anticipate it will have improved irrigation standards for more than 1000 GMW customers across the GMID.”

The Federal Government is funding the $177.5 million Water Efficiency Project. It is expected to achieve an estimated regional Gross Domestic Product increase of $167.5 million when complete.

“It’s not just a great project for irrigators, it’s a great project for the region,” Mr Fisseler said.

“The construction alone will produce about 1000 regional jobs, and the project will ensure the region can continue to be an agricultural hub.”

Feature Image: GMW Workers building a pipeline under a railway near Kerang. Photo: Goulburn Murray Water

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