Project News

Project update - October 2023

Following the effort of our team in Echuca during winter, the WEP has now been completed.

WEP achieves full 15.9GL water savings target

I’m delighted to confirm that following the effort of our team in Echuca during winter, the Water Efficiency Project (WEP) has now completed all the works required to achieve our water savings target of 15.9GL.

The successful delivery of WEP has improved water efficiency and irrigation standards for over 1000 customers across the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District (GMID).

The work of WEP has also reduced ongoing asset liability and costs for Goulburn-Murray Water and its customers. These are fantastic outcomes.

As we focus our efforts on closing out a project of this size, with this many moving parts, we reflect on the hard work and dedication of our team and the communities we worked with, particularly when wet conditions challenged us all in late 2022.

I am immensely grateful for their efforts and resilience of my colleagues and communities right across the GMID and I look forward to celebrating project completion as we finalise our work and arrange water savings audits in coming months.

Sean Tenace
Project Director

The legacy of WEP

Under WEP, infrastructure across the GMID has been upgraded and automated, reducing water lost to channel leakage and seepage, as well as inaccurate water meters.

Importantly, by focusing on the ageing assets that deliver water to private farms, the water recovered for the environment through WEP does not take affect the consumptive pool.

WEP has also extended Total Channel Control across more of the GMID, which means the modernised regulators and most of the meters can be operated and monitored from the Goulburn-Murray Water office. This allows for better management of water flows.