About the project
The Victorian Government has provided significant funding to Southern Rural Water to enable the modernisation of the Werribee Irrigation District.
Over the next five years, Southern Rural Water is making a $30 million investment to complete piping and modernisation of the Werribee Irrigation District so that it is more efficient, reliable and resilient to a drier climate.
In 2016, Southern Rural Water completed pipelining and upgrades to the 4/1 channel system in Werribee South which kicked off the modernisation of the district.
Pipelining the 4/1 system means that about a third of the district is piped. The project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget which means that the money can be used for the next phase of pipelining.
Where are we now?
Having successfully completed the 4/1 pipeline project in 2016, we are now continuing the modernisation program with installation of 39km of new pipes south of the Maltby Bypass to replace the channel system and to upgrade customer outlets. When complete, the work is expected to save around 5,000ML of water that is being lost each year.
The Victorian Government has contributed $10.44M towards the $31.3M project to pipe the WID. Southern Rural Water irrigators are matching that amount and we are continuing to seek funding for the remainder.
The first stage of the work has involved 2.9km of pipeline from the top of the main channel at Harrison’s Lane down to the junction between Diggers Road and Aviation Road. These stage 1 works have been undertaken throughout the 2017 winter period and are nearing completion.
Our customers have been very patient, as we had to shutdown the entire WID for 10 days in August in order to connect onto an existing pipe that passes under the Princes Freeway.
The project team is now working on the designs and plans for the remaining stages of the project, which are planned to occur over the winter periods. We will also be carrying out survey work to help with the design of Stages 2 and 3. We are using aerial drones to document the existing condition and exact alignment of the irrigation assets.
SRW’s Werribee irrigation modernisation project is progressing well, with Stage 1 complete, over 2,900 metres and Stages 2 and 3 about to go to tender for construction.
We are planning to start Stage 2 construction works next winter, replacing more of the old channels with new pipelines, making the system more efficient.
Over the next months, the project team will be contacting Werribee South customers and coming out on site in preparation for the next stage of works.
Below is a fact sheet which contains answers to the most asked questions about the next stage of the project.