Western Irrigation Futures
The Western Irrigation Modernisation project was launched by Southern Rural Water in response to the need to secure water and help ensure the ongoing viability of the Werribee and Bacchus Marsh Irrigation Districts.
Southern Rural Water completed the Western Irrigation Futures strategy in 2013. This strategy was the result of extensive research and consultation outlined the best options for the future of the Bacchus Marsh and Werribee Irrigation Districts.
The project considered a full range of factors, including:
- Water resource availability, quality and security
- Infrastructure efficiency and cost
- Market parameters
- Environmental implications, and
- Social and community issues.
An atlas of the two districts was developed to provide a clear understanding of the areas for discussion.
An Options Paper was produced to explore options to improve the viability of Werribee and Bacchus Marsh Irrigation Districts which included:
Multi-level consultation was undertaken including technical workshops and a series of customer workshops to seek suggestions on water supply options and delivery system improvements.
Following the consultation with customers on the preferred options for Werribee and Bacchus Marsh, the Western Irrigation Futures Strategy was produced.
The Western Irrigation Futures Strategy outlines the proposed path forward for the Werribee and Bacchus Marsh Irrigation Districts. Features of the strategy include:
- A business case for Werribee to support infrastructure improvement
- A feasibility study for Bacchus Marsh outlining reconfiguration options for the district, and
- Development of an individual carryover arrangement for the Werribee system.