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?
With the state government committing to one third of the cost to pipe the rest of the irrigation district, we have been able to start work on the next phase.
The project team has been developing designs and plans for the rest of the project. This is planned to occur in five stages over the next five winter periods (see the map below).
The last two stages will be dependent on securing one third funding from the Federal Government. Southern Rural Water has applied to the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund for this money. This is the only application from Victoria and we hope to know the result by July this year.
Construction of Stage 1 is planned to start in May 2017. We will be pipelining 2.9km from the top of the main channel at Harrison’s Lane down to the junction between Diggers Road and Aviation Road.
Construction will occur during periods when we are not suppling water and we expect to finish Stage 1 by September 2017.
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.