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Our latest media releases

Glenmaggie recreation restrictions pending

Southern Rural Water has advised boating speed restrictions will be introduced on Lake Glenmaggie in the next couple of weeks. Boats can be launched at the caravan park and at Coongulla but all concrete boat ramps are already above the waterline.  Picnic areas remain...

Water budget can improve results

Agriculture Victoria and Southern Rural Water are encouraging Victorian irrigators to budget their water allocations this dry season, helping them get the most out of irrigations in challenging conditions. Acting Regional Manager Irrigation for Agriculture Victoria,...

Pykes Creek reopens

Update: 15 January 2019 Pykes Creek Reservoir has now reopened for public recreational water use, after its temporary closure on 3 January. The results of recent tests show that the levels of bacteria have fallen to below the threshold for recreational use. Southern...

Pykes Creek temporarily closed

Southern Rural Water has temporarily closed Pykes Creek Reservoir for recreational water activities due to the detection of high levels of E.coli during regular monitoring. The reservoir was closed after similar levels were found in the summer and early autumn of...

SRW forms Barwon Downs Licence Community Reference Group

Southern Rural Water has this week confirmed the members of its newly established Barwon Downs Licence Community Reference Group (CRG). The reference group has been convened to assist Southern Rural Water with stakeholder and community consultation on Barwon Water’s...

New MD swaps urban for rural water

Southern Rural Water Chairman, Diane James AM has announced the appointment of Cameron FitzGerald as the organisation’s new Managing Director, commencing in February. Mr FitzGerald has had an extensive career in the water industry, including leadership roles for the...

Customers support MID water auction

Irrigation customers paid an average of $282.29 per megalitre for water in Southern Rural Water’s online auction on 20 December. Acting Manager Water Supply East, Gavin Prior, said the unreserved auction was for a total 134 ML of 2018-19 season water. The water has...

MID weed treatment

To make sure our channel system is free of submerged weeds we have an on-going program in place. As part of this program we treat the submerged weeds in our channel system with Magnacide H. Magnacide H is widely used to control submerged weeds in irrigation channels...

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WaterMatch - online trading

Watermatch is a free online service, designed to help people trade water.

Once you have registered, you can advertise to buy or sell water.

Depending on the water that you wish to trade, choose from the Groundwater, Surface Water (rivers and creeks) and Irrigation District forum.

Select a new topic to create your ad. Your ad can be to buy or sell water, and must describe the source of your water, quantity of water you want to buy or sell, how long you want to trade for and your contact details. If you are happy to put a buying or selling price, this can be included here too.

If you want to respond to an ad, you can use the email link or contact the advertiser direct.

It is an online trading forum, and can also be used by people who are not on the internet, with help from our staff.

Watermatch allows you to register your interest in either buying or selling water in southern Victoria.

  • the Macalister, Werribee and Bacchus Marsh Irrigation District
  • Groundwater systems in southern Victoria
  • Rivers and creek systems in southern Victoria (other than those managed by Melbourne Water around the Port Phillip region).

Who can use it?
Anyone can use watermatch. You may be an existing licence holder who wants to sell water, or buy more water.

You may not currently have a licence, but you want to buy water in the region.

How does it work?

  • click here to enter Watermatch
  • register as a user (a very simple process)
  • go to the system or district you are interested in and check current entries
  • add in any entry for any water you want to sell or buy

What information should I include in my ad?

  • If you are wanting to buy or sell
  • your name
  • phone number
  • name of river, creek, groundwater management area or irrigation district
  • how much water is to be traded
  • If the trade is temporary or permanent
  • term of the trade (Maximum term is 5 years)

Things you need to know
We are always looking for ways to improve our customer service. If you would like to provide feedack or suggested improvements please click here.

it's important to note that Southern Rural Water is not acting, and will not act, as a water broker.

We cannot advise you on price of water or match you individually with a buyer/seller.

Buyers and sellers still need to go through our normal application process.

Trading applications must be submitted to Southern Rural Water and approval granted before water is taken. A water transfer application form can be downloaded from our application page.

If you want to trade upstream, please speak with one of our Assessment Officers prior to submitting an application.

To check if a buyer or seller can trade with you, call us on 1300 139 510 and ask to speak to an Assessment Officer.

Not a water broker

It's important to note that Southern Rural Water is not acting, and will not act, as a water broker.

We cannot advise you on price of water or match you individually with a buyer/seller.

Buyers and sellers still need to go through our normal application process.

Click here to download our Fact Sheet