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Creating water savings in Australia’s food bowl Australia’s irrigated agriculture has a vital role to play in meeting

13.8 km of gravity pipelines, replacing Dethridge wheels with

the challenges of food security in the context of climate variability

electronic flow meters, automating flow control structures and

and a growing global population. It is crucial to find new ways to

installing remote monitoring capability for new metered outlets.

use water more efficiently in order to increase food production while protecting the environment in the long term.

In addition, stakeholder consultation has helped rationalise farm watering requirements through a reduction of required

In the Murrumbidgee Irrigation

infrastructure, removal of farm

Area (MIA) in NSW, irrigation

outlets and/or a reduction in the

modernisation

created

future capacity required. Installing

significant water savings to benefit

new metering and automated flow-

the environment and communities

control technology has also made

in the Murray-Darling Basin.

it possible to monitor and manage

has

One of Australia’s largest private

water usage in real time. The asset

irrigation companies, Murrumbidgee

owner can use this data in the

Irrigation Limited, has formed

future to prioritise capital works

the MIA Renewal Alliance with

to further reduce water wastage.

GHD, John Holland Group and

The alliance continues to

UGL Infrastructure to deliver a

work with local communities to

series of water-saving projects.

improve productivity and create

The alliance is working closely with

water savings.

local communities to design and

“This is a significant project

carry out irrigation infrastructure

for the Australian water industry

modernisation works that will

as it delivers fundamental water

improve productivity, create water

savings to the MIA and the Murray-

savings and ensure the long-term

Darling Basin,” says Andrew Porter,

viability of the MIA and surrounding

GHD’s MIA Renewal Alliance

regions.

representative. “Additionally, it

The Lake Wyangan project is

improves the sustainability of the

one of two current projects that

district into the future.

aim to deliver water savings back

“Overall, the project renews

to the Murray-Darling Basin river

a large part of the Lake Wyangan

system. The $50 million project, funded under the Australian

irrigation system and assists in recovering water for the

Government’s Private Irrigation Infrastructure Operators Program,

environment, while providing a modern, efficient and effective

consists of increasing the capacity of the Lake View Branch

way to deliver water to irrigators in the region.”

Canal (LVBC), replacing 15.8 km of deteriorated lining in the

GHD Pty Ltd

LVBC, modernising the lateral canals through the installation of

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