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Winter works ensuring we are ready when you are

Taking advantage of the cooler months, we have commenced a program of expansion, repairs and scheduled maintenance to irrigation infrastructure across the region.   

The Winter Works program is vital to deliver upgrades and maintenance to keep the water delivery infrastructure and systems operating as efficiently as possible throughout the year. They also provide the opportunity to deliver upgrades that can further support our customers in their businesses.  

As always, a key focus is to minimise impacts to water supply for MI customers and ensure the safety of the community.  We are conscious that works can impact people who live, work and travel in the area and have in place a process to keep customers and affected community members informed well in advance.   

Our Customer Engagement team will be getting in touch with customers impacted by the works about their critical watering needs such as frost protection for citrus, and domestic access where there is no alternative water supply.

To assist us with planning, please place water orders as soon as possible via EASYWATER or call us on (02) 69620200, and we will be in touch.  

2020 Winter Works sites across the MIA

The dates we are providing below for the works are the best available, and we will keep this page updated weekly, and as things change, over the winter works period: 

Lake View Branch Canal expansion project

Preparation works have commenced for the recommencement of the Lake View Branch Canal expansion project, including channel bank raising and the installation of concrete rises. The works will be in 3 stages, with a watering period for around 1 week in between each stage. Each stage is expected to take around 3 weeks to complete. During each stage we will be able to hold water in pools that are not under construction, for limited supply for frost prevention and domestic access.  We will also be able to supply water to Stage 2 customers during Stages 1 and 3, as normal. For more information see the LVBC expansion project fact sheet.  

Murrami maintenance

Murrami maintenance works are underway, and over the past few weeks the grader and dozer have been hard at work levelling off areas beside channels across Murrami to enable full access. Trucks are also moving clay in preparation for channel repair works.

Main Canal

The Main Canal works program will run from the end of June up until the first week in September. These works will include canal relining, maintenance on Roaches Regulator gates, outlet installations and removals, 2 regulator upgrades, gate replacements at Yenda storage facility and works on the supply reaches. Some of Main Canal works will be done in season with no impact to supply.

Sturt Canal

The Sturt Canal works program will be commencing in June and includes the installation of new meters and cables.

Lake Talbot  

Works at Lake Talbot are planned to commence in mid-June and run for around 10 days. The works include channel bank repair works, installation of automatic gates, a regulator upgrade and repair work to the channel bank.   

Gum Creek Road

Repairs to leaking concrete pipes at Gum Creek Road will be done in June and take around 3 weeks. We are currently looking at pump around options to minimise impacts to customers.

Mirrool Creek Escape

Repairs to leaking gates at the Mirrool Creek Escape will be around the first week in July.

Maintenance Works

Sections of some channels where there are no works are being lowered intermittently to allow for inspections and programmed maintenance works. These works include channel bank repairs, desilting and pump shed maintenance.

Water NSW maintenance works

Water NSW will be undertaking their annual maintenance works at Gogelderie Weir (1-30 June) and Berembed Weir (4 – 22 July). We will work with Water NSW to minimise impacts to supply.  

Leeton Shire Council bridge upgrade works

Leeton Shire Council are upgrading a bridge on the Whitton-Darlington Point Road over the next few months. We will be lowering the channel for a short period to enable the works, with minimal supply interruptions expected at this stage.


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