Irrigators in northern Victoria now have a more reliable water supply and less water losses through evaporation thanks to the completion of the Mitiamo Pipeline Project.
The pipeline includes over 300 kilometres of new pipeline to supply a new district covering in excess of 58,000 hectares of land north of Bendigo and southwest of Echuca, providing a year-round service to around 170 rural properties.
This project is fantastic news for the local economy which is strongly backed by agriculture, with project construction also having supported 170 jobs in regional Australia.
Historically, more than 80 per cent of water supplied via the channels in the region is lost before use and only two-thirds of the project area is currently serviced, with farmers incurring high water cartage costs.
The project will reduce public and private water losses by more than 1,000 megalitres per year by replacing the old leaking channel with pipes, a pump station and 85-megalitre storage facility to provide year-round water supply.
Water saved will be used to improve the health of rivers and wetlands in line with Victoria’s obligations under the Murray Darling Basin Plan with no socio-economic impacts.
The Mitiamo and District Water Supply Project received $14.5 million from the Australian Government, $10.2 million from the Victorian Government and $4.3 million from Goulburn Murray Water.
Mitiamo Pipeline Tank Rebate Scheme
Mitiamo Pipeline Project Tank Rebate Scheme was established to assist Landowners with the purchase of water tanks required to connect to the new pipeline. The scheme has been particularly successful with the majority of landowners along the Mitiamo Pipeline participating in the scheme and receiving prompt payment of their claims. These landowners will now be ready to connect to the new pipeline ahead of the spring 2021 Irrigation Season.
The Tank rebate scheme claiming period has now closed. Any landowners who are yet to submit proof the tank has been installed, must do so as soon as possible.
For further information about the Mitiamo Pipleine Tank Rebate scheme, please contact Jane Barnes from Goulburn-Murray Water on Jane.Barnes@gmwater.com.au or 0439 462 813.
Costs and funding
An initial $1.1 million was invested by the State Government for the development of a business case carried out by Goulburn-Murray Water, which has now concluded.
The project has been delivered on time and on budget at $29 million, incorporating more than 300 kilometres of pipeline, a pump station and 85ML storage.
State and Commonwealth Governments have invested $24.65 million with the remaining $4.3 million and ongoing costs to be met by landholders.
Of the $24.65 million in government funding, the Victorian Government invested $10.2 million in funding, and the Australian Government invested $14.5 million in funding from the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.
Any additional on-farm work costs associated with the domestic and stock scheme such as water tanks, troughs, pipe and fittings will be the responsibility of the landowners.
The newly created Mitiamo Piped Water District is owned and operated by Goulburn-Murray Water.
For more information you can also phone our Customer Service Centre on 1800 013 357 or email MitiamoPipeline@gmwater.com.au