A rollout of approximately 3700 water meters has begun in the Mildura, Red Cliffs and Merbein irrigation districts in Sunraysia (VIC) as part of the Sunraysia Modernisation Project. The $120 project is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth & Victorian State governments and Lower Murray Water (LMW) and involves upgrades to pump stations, irrigation systems and various other water infrastructure.

As a part of SMP, approximately 2500 Domestic and Stock meters and 1200 irrigation meters will be upgraded and/or installed to:

• Enable the National Metering Institute standards and objectives to be met;

• Deliver consistent metering methods across all districts;

• Enable improved operation of the irrigation system through the modernisation of the metering fleet; and

• Provide the availability of real-time metering information for irrigation customers.

The metering works will involve upgrading all irrigation meters to electromagnetic flow meters; the standardisation of meter sizes and outlet arrangements; the installation of irrigation meters prior to customers’ pump stations; replacing active Dethridge wheel outlets; metering any unmetered supplies; and the installation of telemetry to all irrigation outlets.

The metering works are expected to be complete by the end of October, 2015.

Michelle Goldsmith

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