To ensure infrastructure continues to function well when customers need it most, LMW undertakes scheduled maintenance during winter while demand is low. As a result of these works, short interruptions to rural water supply are sometimes necessary in irrigation districts.


Maintenance works range from channel lining and patching, to electrical works and irrigation main replacement, and any major interruptions are outlined on the winter maintenance pumping schedule to assist rural customers with planning irrigation or managing storage levels. It’s important to note the schedule is subject to change.


Affected rural customers will be notified via SMS with up-to-date information when works are due to commence. You can register to receive SMS updates by updating your contact details in WaterNow at waterorder.lmw.vic.gov.au


Winter maintenance pumping schedules have been emailed to rural customers and are also available on our website. If you wish to receive email service updates, contact any LMW office and provide your current email address.


Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MBDA) and Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) announced that essential maintenance works will be conducted at the Mildura Weir from Monday 12 July, which will involve lowering the river level in the weir pool and closing Lock 11. Works are expected to take three weeks to complete, including six days to lower the weir pool and six days to refill it.


“It is critical that river infrastructure is kept in the best possible condition to protect workers and visitors and to support all the communities and industries that depend upon the reliable operation of the River Murray,” MDBA Executive Director River Management, Mr Reynolds said.


“The Murray River is vital to the region’s economy and recreation, so we have scheduled the works to begin after the school holidays but before the irrigation season to try to minimise the inconvenience to the community as much as we can.”


MDBA and GMW encourage boat operators, river pumpers and other river users to take the lowering of the weir pool and lock closure into account when planning their activities on the river.

For more information, visit MDBA or GMW websites.

Rural customers are reminded that the 2020/2021 irrigation season ends on 30 June 2021.

The maximum allocation that can be carried over into the following season (2021/2022) is the total volume of Water Shares associated to your Allocation Account balance (ABA). Anything over that will be automatically written off To avoid write-off, it is recommended you trade any volume of allocation at risk. Important dates to remember for allocation trade applications are:

Thursday 17 June 2021, 4:30pm

Interstate trade applications require the approval of both states.

Applications received after this date and time are not guaranteed to be processed in the 2020/2021 year.

Thursday 24 June 2021, 4:30pm

Allocation trades within Victoria that are submitted online to be processed by LMW must be submitted by this date and time.

Applications received after this date and time are not guaranteed to be processed in the 2020/2021 year.

Wednesday 30 June 2021, 5.00pm

Applications to trade allocation within Victoria, made via the Broker Portal or ‘My Water’ portal, may be submitted for instant processing until this date and time.

Carryover is the opportunity to carry unused allocation from one season to the next for use or trade, particularly in dry seasons when the seasonal determination may be less than 100%.

It is important to understand that carryover is recorded against Water Shares, not your allocation account (ABA). To carryover water you must have a Water Share associated to the ABA.

The Water Share can be either High Reliability or Low Reliability but carryover is recorded against your Low Reliability Water Shares first.

On 30 June each year, any allocation remaining in an allocation account (ABA) is automatically carried over into the new season up to the total volume of Water Shares (entitlement) associated to the ABA. Any allocation above that volume will automatically be written-off Carryover water is subject to a 5% reduction to cover evaporation losses in the storages. On 1 July each season this net carryover (after the 5% deduction) is available in your ABA for use or trade.

Once a ‘Low Risk of Spill Declaration’ is made by the Northern Victoria Resource Manager, any allocation remaining in ABA spill accounts is returned to the ‘available balance’ of the ABA for use or trade. Any allocation returned attracts an additional storage charge on that volume. This is called an Above Entitlement Storage fee which is due later in the season.

Note: Any allocation that instead has ‘spilled’ is not subject to this charge.

For further information on, visit the Victorian Water Register website www.waterregister.vic.gov.au or contact our Rural Customer Team on (03) 5051 3400 and select option 3.