Winter Works

Updated 1 July

The recent rain events have resulted in delays to some of our automation works in the Murrami and Yenda areas, and impacted customers are being contacted. We remain focused on minimising impacts to water supply for customers, while also ensuring we can deliver these important works.

Maintenance works

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Our maintenance program was focused on the Yenda and Murrami areas this week, including desilting and upgrades to Yenda Pump Stations.

Other works over the past week include desilting channels in the Benerembah (pictured above), Tabbita, Willbriggie, Leeton and Gogelderie areas.

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Before (left) and after (right) shots of our regulator on the Main Canal outside of Narrandera, which was inspected and cleaned this week as part of our winter maintenance program.

Yenda & Murrami automation

Automation works in Yenda area this week commenced on Carver and McLean Roads, and continued around Edge, Pomroy, Myall Park, Dinicola, and Moseley Roads, the Northern Branch Canal, and along the Main Canal from East Mirrool Regulator up to the Yenda Village. Works on Dalton Road were completed this week.

Automation works in Murrami were focused on the installation of new regulators around Stony Point and Apostle Yard Roads this week. The second phase of our works in the Murrami area will commence in two weeks’ time and will be focused on the installation of outlets.

These works, and works in other areas across the region, are being carried out in zones to minimise impacts to supply (see maps on the right hand side of this page). If you are in these zones, you would have received an SMS about upcoming supply interruptions. You will be kept updated via SMS as soon as water becomes available. If you have critical watering needs during the supply interruptions contact us on 02 6962 0200 (press 1 to connect directly to our Customer Operations Centre).

As the timing of these works can be subject to weather and other interruptions, we will keep you updated when things change.

River interruptions

The river interruptions recently commenced on Sturt Canal and will continue until 15 July.  We will be working closely with customers and using our reservoirs along the network to minimise supply interruptions and will keep you updated as things progress.

The river interruptions on the Main Canal finished last week, and we are working with WaterNSW to refill the system as soon as possible in areas not impacted by works.

Channel refurbishment program

Our channel refurbishment program continued in the Tabbita and Warburn areas this week. Works on the NBC will commence in mid-July.

The works in the Western Region, include HDPE lining, clay filled core trenching, tile drainage installations and channel bank refurbishments.

Water outages in the areas where there are planned works will vary, a key focus is to minimise impacts to water supply for customers. 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.


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