Two-thirds of new Murray meters installed
8 June 2012
This week the 60 per cent milestone was reached in the NSW Metering Scheme-Murray Pilot Project.
So far the project has installed over 450 new rural water meters and telemetry in the region between Moama and Albury.
With funding of $22 million from the the Australian Government’s Water for the Future initiative, the pilot is being undertaken by State Water Corporation and NSW Office of Water.
The project aims to improve water management through state-of-the-art water meters and telemetry to transmit water usage information extracted from groundwater, regulated and unregulated water sources.
“This project represents a substantial change in the way water usage is measured and we therefore expected a number of concerns to be raised by the water users” said Project Manager, Stephen Moore.
“As part of our commitment to ensuring our landholders are informed, our focus has been on communications.
“Every landholder identified as part of the project has been informed via letters and informal information sessions. In addition, our managing contractors are also following a rigid engagement process of speaking with each landholder prior to undertaking works.
“Our managing contractor Comdain have been coordinating the fieldwork for the project and subcontracting to local contractors, where possible. Overall, the feedback from water users has been quite positive.”
Local contractor David Warner, from Rob Rye Irrigation in Shepparton has been working in the Bullatale area. “It is great to be involved in a project of this size. We have set up a site yard in Deniliquin to improve efficiency, but the most important component of the rollout has been ensuring that the landholders are consulted throughout the process.”
“There is great satisfaction in the knowledge that you are part of a major project, ensuring improved water security and delivery,” he said.
Construction is due to be completed in September 2012, weather permitting.
A website has recently been developed, containing up to date information on the installations
For further information on the NSW Metering Scheme, please visit the website.