2023 Winter Works
The 2023 winter works program included the automation of 275 outlets and 117 regulators, the refurbishment of 6.5 kilometres of channels, and the installation of 5.5 kilometres of pipelines, as part of MI’s ongoing Automation Project.
The works completed over winter mean that around 94% percent of the MIA system is now automated.
Construction on the new 5,000 ML Roach’s Surge Reservoir near Yanco, is now well advanced, and due for completion by the end of this summer.
Roach's Surge Reservoir.
Gogeldrie Branch Canal channel refurbishment.
Automated regulators near Whitton
Our outlet and regulator upgrades will be continuing during the irrigation season where possible, provided there is minimal impact to supply.
An engagement officer will contact you to discuss any scheduled works in your area, so there is no need for you to do anything.
The full MIA Automation program of works will be delivered by June 2024. This project is funded by the Australian Government and is being delivered in partnership with the NSW Government under the Off-farm Efficiency Program.
Residential Connections Program
Our new Residential Connections supply product is for customers with water entitlements who require water to use on an area up to 1 Ha.
We have a support package available to help existing customers who choose to transition to a Residential Connection. Our Customer Engagement Officers are in the process of contacting eligible customers. For more information check out our Residential Connections fact sheet.
If you have any questions about the works, contact us on 02 6962 0200 (press 1 to connect directly to our Customer Operations Centre).
In January 2022, we welcomed the announcement of $126.48 million in funding under the State led Off-farm Efficiency Program, to finalise our automation works.
The project will upgrade 1,500 metered outlets, automate 360 regulators, refurbish 20 kilometres of open earth channels and construct a new 5,000 ML surge reservoir that together will generate 6.3 GL per year of water savings for the environment and 1.1 GL for water users and the community.
This project will complete the modernisation of the MIA and provide the region with a modern, reliable and efficient water supply. This funding is a key enabler to improving farm productivity and crop yields that support the continued growth and prosperity of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area.
It is a win for everyone, with flow on economic benefits throughout the community, while also delivering significant water savings for the environment. We need to be ready to support our customers though seasons of vastly changing water availability, and these automation works are key to ensuring that we can meet these challenges whilst ensuring our system runs efficiently.
The project commenced at the end of the 2021/22 irrigation season and will be delivered by June 2024.