$8M of maintenance and capital works set to enhance the capacity of the region’s irrigation network will begin in mid-May with the Goulburn-Murray Water’s (GMW) annual winter works program commencing.
The program takes place each year during the irrigation shutdown period from 15 May to 14 August, with crucial maintenance works ensuring the network will continue to provide a reliable water supply during the irrigation season.
Works this year will include the maintenance and desilting of channels at about 50 sites and weed spraying at about 24 sites to improve channel capacity; other maintenance works at about 20 sites, and construction at about 41 sites.
The weed spraying portion of the works will include submerged aquatic weed control, spraying drains, and access and visibility spraying along channel banks and infrastructure, including pump stations, communication towers, outlets and regulators.
GMW General Manager Infrastructure Delivery Services Warren Jose said the winter works program will be complete by early August to allow channels to be recharged and ready for the start of the 2021/22 irrigation season on 15 August.
“Works will vary from site to site and can include channel bank and gate repairs, bridge works, desilting and weed control works,” Mr Jose said.
“As always, the safety of our staff, customers and the local community is the priority, and with a large winter works program scheduled for this year, safety will continue to be at the forefront of everything we do.
“We ask the public to take care around any changes to traffic and road conditions near our work sites during this period.”
In order to undertake the winter works program, GMW will drain sections of the channel network. This means some customers will not have access to water from the channel network and will need to make alternative arrangements for water supply during the non- irrigation period.
Domestic and stock customers should fill their dam ahead of the end of the irrigation season to ensure they have water supply through winter.
A map of channels that will be dewatered works being undertaken can be found at gmwater.com.au/winterworks or phone the GMW Customer Experience Team on 1800 013 357 for further information.