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WID Modernisation

About the project

WIDSTG1-19may17-3The 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 continuing the modernisation program with installation of almost 40km 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.

Stage 1 works involved laying almost 3km of pipeline from the top of the main channel at Harrison’s Lane down to the junction between Diggers Road and Aviation Road in 2017.

The project team is working on the designs and plans for the remaining stages of the project, which are planned to occur over the winter periods. We have already completed survey work and used 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 and Stages 2 and 3 about to commence construction. Jaydo Construction was awarded the construction contract to build the pipeline and Clover Pipelines are supplying the pipe.

Stage 2 construction works will commence in May 2018, replacing more of the old channels with new pipelines, making the system more efficient.

Below is a fact sheet which contains answers to the most asked questions about the next stage of the project.

Download factsheet here

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