The central pipeline feeds over 2000 irrigation customers in the Mildura district and is a vital piece of infrastructure to ensure we can deliver water to our customers when it’s needed.
The existing rising main was installed in the early 1950s and has required extensive maintenance to ensure it remained operational. It is expected that the replacement will generate water savings and efficiencies for the business.
About the project
In 2019, Jaydo Construction completed the installation of the new 2.2-metre diameter pipe to replace the aging rising main.
A total 550 metres of pipeline has been installed, including replacing the existing subsurface drainage pipeline.
The existing manifold structure, drainage pipes, channel outlet works have been replaced, ready for the new irrigation season.
Executive Manager, Delivery Geoff Regester says, “The works are expected to generate water efficiencies with the ageing infrastructure, which was installed in the 1950s and requires regular maintenance for leaks. It will ensure security of supply for our customers with the reduced risk of failure of the existing rising main.”
“The Mildura rising main is a key piece of infrastructure for the district and is the main supply line of water to over 2000 customers in the Mildura district supply system.”
“Our focus is to deliver water to our customers when they need it, and this project will contribute to that security for our customers.” he said.
Sunraysia has a large number of permanent horticulture plantings in the district. Supplying water when the crops need it is vital to ensuring the quality of the produce. Our region exports to international markets and water availability through the irrigation network directly links to the success in meeting the high standards of these markets.
The $3.5million project has been incorporated into the existing pricing for the Water Plan 2018–2023 and will also see a reduction in ongoing maintenance costs for the rising main.