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Main Canal shutdown 2017

FULL SHUTDOWN AND DRAINAGE during 2017 winter works

From 26 May to early August (approximately 11 weeks) there will be no access to irrigation water from the Main Canal, and the supply systems that branch off it, to allow MI to upgrade all major regulating structures.

MI are unable to schedule a winter watering period this year. We are looking at all avenues to minimise the impact on customers but due to the nature of the works only limited options are available.

Customers should plan their winter water needs around the Main Canal being offline for the entirety of the winter shutdown period.

MI is working together with local Councils to ensure town water supplies can be managed throughout this period. Water will be reserved in pools in the Main Canal (for Griffith) and the Gogelderie Branch Canal (for Leeton) for town supply.

To minimise the shutdown period MI is coordinating their works with Water NSW, who will be conducting essential repairs at Berembed Weir during this time.

The Sturt Canal will not be drained, but will still have sections closed at certain periods of the 2017 winter shutdown to allow for annual maintenance works.


Why is MI doing this?

The full shutdown and drainage of the Main Canal is essential to allow for planned major modernisation projects and other critical maintenance works to be carried out.

 

Modernisation Project Scope

These works are being undertaken as part of the $84.9 million in funding under Round Three of the Australian Government’s Private Irrigation Infrastructure Operators Program (PIlOP3) in New South Wales. Infrastructure upgrades across our network will allow us to continue to improve the efficiency of our integrated water delivery system. These works will provide us with real-time reporting capabilities and will increase the canal flow capacity.

Some of the essential works to the main canal include:

• The installation of over 80 regulator gates, and

• The installation of over 15 offtake gates.

 

When will the works be occurring?

This period of shutdown will be from the end of May 2017 to early August 2017 (approximately 11 weeks). Water NSW are also conducting essential repairs at Berembed Weir during this time, so we are coordinating their works with ours to minimise the shut down time.

 

Other works

Our normal maintenance program will continue throughout the year. The Sturt Canal will not be drained, but will still have sections closed at certain periods of the 2017 winter shutdown to allow for annual maintenance works. Town water supplies will not be affected.

Further information This fact sheet will be updated closer to May and information will be available in our monthly newsletter and on our website. For further information contact customer services on (02) 6962 0200.

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