Since starting construction in November 2020, the Mitiamo Pipeline Team have installed more than 300km of pipe - almost all the pipeline required to complete the project.
Once complete, the pipeline will supply around 58,000 hectares north of Bendigo and south west of Echuca near the townships of Mitiamo, Tennyson and Dingee. The new pipeline will provide a year round service to around 150 farming entities and almost 90 rural houses. The project team will install more than 370 tapping points with delivery piped domestic and stock water 365 days per year.
It is expected the Mitiamo Pipeline Project will reduce public and private water losses by more than 1000 ML per year.
The project is on track to become operational in July.
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 by 31 June 2021.
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.
It is estimated construction costs would be about $29 million, incorporating 360 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.
Once completed the newly created Mitiamo Piped Water District will be owned and operated by Goulburn-Murray Water.
We’ve developed a series of fact sheets to provide you with more information about the Mitiamo Pipeline Project.
For more information you can also phone our Customer Service Centre on 1800 013 357 or email MitiamoPipeline@gmwater.com.au