Updated 5 August
To keep the system running as efficiently as possible and enable works crews to undertake inspections and weed management, we are currently filling channels only where there is demand for water. Please place your order in EASYWATER as soon as possible or call 02 6962 0200 and press 1 to connect directly to our Customer Operations Centre.
Our maintenance program is continuing to run in parallel with our automation works, and other in areas where demand is low across the eastern region to minimise impacts to supply as much as possible during the season.
We are taking the opportunity while some of the channels are drained to treat aquatic weeds to reduce growth. Submerged weeds affect water flow, promote silting and cause issues with automatic regulators, which can reduce our ability to deliver water to customers.
This critical maintenance ensures channels and infrastructure are properly maintained and safe ahead of when demand picks up over the coming months.
This week other maintenance works included: inspections, repairs, desilting (pictured above), removal of debris, fabrication, outlet, pump station maintenance and offtake works.
Yenda & Murrami automation
Automation works in Yenda commenced on Hemley Road this week and have also continued around Macedone and Rankin Springs Roads. Works installing regulators and outlets have also been around the Northern Branch Canal, McLean, Myall Park, and Moseley Roads. Works on Edge Road will finish early next week.
Automation works in Murrami were concentrated around Brobenah Road this week. The focus remains on finishing off the installation of new regulators, while also continuing our program of outlet installations in other areas across the region.
Channel refurbishment program
Works continued in the Northern Branch Canal over the past week, while stage 1 of the Warburn works were completed. The works include HDPE lining, clay filled core trenching, tile drainage installations and channel bank refurbishments. Channel lining works were also completed in Tabbita last week.
For more information, please contact us on 02 6962 0200.
Automating the MIA
Automating the MIA overview
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.
With around 80 percent of the system now automated, finishing the rollout of automation across the delivery network will allow more customers to benefit from the investment.
Project planning is well advanced, which will enable works to commence at the end of the 2021/22 irrigation season.
Strategically located surge reservoirs in conjunction with the move to full automation will enable us to further improve our water delivery flexibility for irrigators, who are requesting higher flow rates, the ability to start and close at short notice and 24-hour access to these services.
This will reduce ordering times to ensure that crops receive water precisely when required. It will also decrease shut off notification times by pushing excess water into the reservoirs, resulting in a reduction in crop water logging, significant increases in yield, and minimal in system water losses.
The Automation Finalisation program of works will be delivered by June 2024.