Commissioning works underway
The SMP is now entering an important phase with commissioning now occurring for pipeline, plant and equipment.
As part of the commissioning phase the contractor along with LMW will be carrying out testing on the system under various loads including high and low demand for water.
Current Road Closures
Due to Pipeline installations within the Red Cliffs area there will be the following road closures:
- 2 May until 12 June - Millewa Avenue, Red Cliffs between Sixteenth Street and Karadoc Avenue will be closed, local traffic access only.
- Snowy Avenue, Red Cliffs between Calotis Avenue and Cocklin Avenue. Closed 17 June until 27 June.
- Cocklin Avenue, Red Cliffs between Calotis Street and Stewart Road. Closed until 26 July 2016.
- Millewa Avenue between Karadoc Ave and Benetook Avenue will be closed, local traffic access only. Closed until 31 August
- Cocklin Avenue, Red Cliffs between Cassia Street North and Pumps Road.
- Corner of Calder Highway and Snowy Avenue currently has a speed reduction until 27 June.
- Nursery Ridge Road channel crossing - Speed has been reduced to 40kms until 23 June.
- Karadoc Avenue, Irymple speed reduction in place between Queens Road and Seventeenth Street.
SMP receives Australian Water Association
Project Innovation Award
The Sunraysia Modernisation Project has recently been awarded the Project Innovation Award by AWA and will now be put forward for the National OzWater awards in early 2016.
The award recognises innovative and unique features which set it apart from common practice, environmental and water resource benefits, social benefits and sustainable design considerations.
SMP Project Director, Frank Fisseler and LMW Customer Relations Coordinator, Leesa Merrett recently accepted the award at the Gala ceremony in Melbourne.
Metering Milestone achieved
Milestone 5 has been met ahead of schedule for the metering component of the SMP. 2500 Domestic and Stock meters and 1200 irrigation meters have been upgraded in time to meet the 31 March 2015 SMP Project milestone.
More meter installations and upgrades remain and will occur over the next 12 months. Over 4000 old-style irrigation water meters and outlets will be upgraded to meet national metering standards.
The Victorian Water Minister, the Hon Peter Walsh and Federal Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment, formally signed the funding agreement for the Sunraysia Modernisation Project on Thursday 19th December 2013
The project officially commenced from that date and is programmed to be completed in mid to late 2016.
Lower Murray Water’s Sunraysia Modernisation Project is the biggest ever upgrade to Sunraysia’s Irrigation Infrastructure and it is now underway.
In addition to major upgrade works at the main pump stations the SMP will replace pipelines and open channels in several areas. This will provide an improved quality, efficiency and reliability of supply for irrigation and stock and domestic customers.
Customers will be contacted and consulted as the works progress for pipeline design and installation with the proposed timeline below: