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Award wins for SRW customers

SRW customers took out two state awards in the 2018 Rural Water Awards presented at the RACV club in Melbourne on Friday, 9 November. Two other SRW customers were state level runners-up in their categories. Schreurs and Sons of Middle Tarwin won the Surface Water...

Schreurs and Sons

An irrigation system networked to soil moisture probes and utilising sediment drainage channels, re-use dams and a natural wetland are highlights of a multi-million dollar celery growing business at Middle Tarwin. For Adam and Christopher Schreurs, investing in...

Ashley and Lisa Mezenberg – Denison

The future of irrigation automation in the Macalister Irrigation District (MID) is being enacted on a dairy farm at Denison. Nine Dethridge wheels have been replaced through the rationalisation program; but on this farm, an integrated WISA system means irrigation can...

Wellwood Wallace Walnuts and Walnut Oil

The new owners of an organic walnut orchard are using data to identify when to water their trees, supported by off-the-shelf technology. Along with this, they are replacing old irrigation infrastructure. Their overall aim is to improve irrigation efficiency and return...

The Strawberry Forests and Fruits of Life

Changing from an infield to vertical growing method for strawberries required more than a new way of thinking for the Dellios family. The changes have increased production, decreased their inputs and waste and caused them to rethink their marketing. As a conventional...

Newry supply customers

15 Oct 7 pm: Newry supply customers You'll see from the pic below the repairs that have been done to the channel over the weekend. Unfortunately, the area began to leak again earlier today. A team from Eastern Irrigation, Technical Services and contractors are on site...

Moorabbin groundwater applications

Southern Rural Water (SRW) is calling for interested parties to apply for an allocation of groundwater from the Moorabbin Ground Management Unit (GMU). The total volume available is 42.7ML of groundwater. Licences will be allocated by an open and transparent process....

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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