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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?

WIDSTG1-19may17-4SRW’s Werribee irrigation modernisation project is progressing well, with Stages 1 and 2 complete, and Stage 3 to commence construction in 2019.

Stage 1 works involved construction of almost 3km of pipeline from the Main Channel starting at the freeway and progressing to the junction between Diggers Road and Aviation Road.

Stage 2 was the longest section built so far, 9.3 km of pipeline laid from the end of the Stage 1 pipeline works. The Main Channel along Diggers Road to K Road and the 6/1 channel system along O’connors Road has now been replaced with new pipelines.

With the completion of Stage 2 in August 2018, this means that the project has now built over 18.5 km of pipeline and 66 new customer outlets have been constructed.

The annual losses in those areas of the district were estimated to be 2,250ML annually. Avoiding these losses represents a significant efficiency improvement that has already contributed to a higher seasonal allocation to our Werribee customers.

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 drones to document the existing condition and alignment of the irrigation assets.

Below is a fact sheet which contains answers to the most asked questions about the next stage of the project, along with the proposed staging zones.

Fact sheet
Proposed staging zones

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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

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