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BMID Modernisation

About the project

Southern Rural Water is currently rolling out our plan to modernise the Bacchus Marsh Irrigation District (BMID).

New assets will be created and old ones upgraded to make the district more efficient, reliable and resilient to a drier climate.

The State Government has committed significant funding to Southern Rural Water to implement its modernisation program. Construction works will commence in 2017 and be completed in stages by 2021.

Work commenced on the Bacchus Marsh Irrigation Modernisation Project in 2016.

The Bacchus Marsh Irrigation District Modernisation works are progressing well, with Stage 1 completed and Stage 2A getting closer to starting construction.

BMID Modernisation - Project Stages (2)

Stage 1 - Maddingley Pump Station

In partnership with Moorabool Shire Council, a new pump station was constructed at Maddingley and a new rising main.The Maddingley Pump Station is complete and is now filling the Maddingley Basin.

These works were undertaken ahead of schedule due to the extension of Halletts Way across the old alignment of the main channel near Werribee Vale Road.

Maddingley Pump station

Stage 2A – Maddingley Tank

Works to install a new tank to replace the 80 year old Maddingley Basin will commence in the coming months. The tank design has been completed and we are currently tendering for a supplier to undertake the works. Letters will be sent to local residents in the area around Bacchus Street, Maddingley so they will be aware of the works.

The new tank will provide better supply pressure from Maddingley Hill to enable the upgrade from channels to pipes during the later stages of the BMID Modernisation. Below is an artist’s impression of what we expect the tank to look like once the works are completed.


Stage 2B – Spur 2/2 Upgrade

The design for the replacement of the old Spur 2/2 pipeline is nearly complete and the project is on track for construction to be completed over the planned winter works period this year.

Special consideration has been given to the connection points near the Avenue of Honour to avoid impact on the heritage Elm trees along the road side. Discussions have been held with Moorabool Council and a professional Arborist with the aim of following the successful methods used in other water projects completed along this section of Bacchus Marsh Road/Avenue of Honour.

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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