Our 2020 Annual Water Outlook outlines the key water security information for all towns and rural pipeline customers supplied by us. An outlook for licenced surface water diverters and licenced groundwater users is also provided.
All Systems Summary: With the water resources available across all of GWMWater’s supply sources this season, no restrictions to urban or rural pipeline users are anticipated under normal operating conditions.
A full listing of towns, rural pipelines and their supply sources can be found here.
GWMWater has scheduled important sewer upgrade works to coincide with Horsham Rural City Council upgrades to the intersection at Hamilton and Firebrace streets in Horsham.
Contractor FITT Resources is repairing 10 manholes along Hamilton Street and Darlot Street in Horsham, including the manhole at the intersection, on behalf of GWMWater.
Works at the intersection will take place on Tuesday 8 to Wednesday 9 December 2020 from 7 am to 5 pm.
Executive Manager Infrastructure Nalaka Vitharana said relining the manholes would extend the life of the assets and reduce the likelihood of any unexpected interruptions to customer services.
“The council’s upgrade works presented an opportunity for us to complete these works at the tail-end of their existing road closure period so we can minimise disruption to surrounding businesses and motorists,” he said.
“Traffic controllers and signage will be in place to safely redirect motorists and no interruptions to water supply are expected during these works.”
Mr Vitharana acknowledged it was a busy time of year and that all affected properties had been notified of the works.
“Our contractor will work quickly to ensure the intersection can be reopened as soon as it is safe to do so,” he said. “We’d like to thank surrounding businesses and the community for their patience while we undertake these necessary works.”
For any service difficulties or faults, please call us on 1800 188 586 any time.
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Thousands of people across central north-west Victoria are set to benefit from a reliable water supply following the completion of the South West Loddon Pipeline.
Dubbed the ‘best development for the region since electricity’, the pipeline provides a secure reticulated water supply to 1500 rural properties in areas surrounding Inglewood, Newbridge, St Arnaud and Wedderburn.
Murphy’s Creek farmer Deb Hancock said the pipeline had given their children a future on their farm.
“For us, the impact of the pipeline is hard to explain in words,” she said. “We were spending a lot of money trucking water from Bendigo; one year we spent $90,000.
“To not have to worry about water – Wow.”
Like many businesses, we are doing our part to assist in slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and this involves changing the way we are working. This includes enabling staff to work from home and implementing any restrictions.
As the situation evolves, we are committed in supporting our customers, community and staff. We are working quickly and thoughtfully as things progress and change.
We recognise our important role in providing essential services as well as supporting our local community's health and economy. We take this role very seriously and are working hard to continue to deliver our usual high-quality service levels.
Three landholders will provide an important conduit between the community and a project team tasked with returning Dunmunkle Creek closer to its natural state.
Following the construction of the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline, the channel system and the infrastructure GWMWater used along the Dunmunkle Creek to operate it, became redundant.
GWMWater is responsible for decommissioning the redundant structures between Glenorchy and Boolite to return the creek to as close to its natural state as practical.
The seasonal restriction for licensed groundwater users in Neuarpur Sub-zone 1 will remain restricted to 80% of their licence volume for the 2020/21 season. This is in accordance with the West Wimmera Groundwater Management Area Local Management Plan.
The Storage Manager has started a review of the Storage Management Rules for the for the Wimmera-Glenelg headworks system. The rules form the basis for how the system is operated day-to-day to support water security for the region.
The Minister for Water appointed GWMWater as the Storage Manager for Wimmera-Glenelg, however GWMWater is also an entitlement holder. To ensure the independence of the Storage Manager, governance arrangements are in place so that all entitlement holders and other key stakeholders are involved.
A specific governance arrangement has been set up for the purpose of the review which enables the Storage Manager to report directly to the GWMWater Board.
The review aims to improve and refine the current Storage Management Rules and operation of the Wimmera-Glenelg system, taking into consideration any new data, information and operational experience, to better meet the needs of entitlement holders and improve efficiency. This could include both the storage and delivery of water.
Safe drinking water is on its way to Elmhurst, Kaniva, Moyston, and Ultima, with the next phase in water quality improvement scheduled to be completed over the next five years.
Water to these towns is currently either from groundwater (Kaniva), a small local catchment (Elmhurst), a combination of groundwater and water from Mount William Creek (Moyston), or from the Murray River, via the Northern Mallee Pipeline (Ultima).
We recently prepared a report reviewing the take-and-use of groundwater from the Mt Zero borefield over the past five years. This is a requirement under the conditions groundwater of the take and use licence.
Information on the Mt Zero Borefield (346 kB, 2 pages) complete with graphs.
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