Water News February 2018

By | 06/02/2018

Coming Soon

  • Victoria’s forecast for 2018/19 water allocations will come out on 15 February.
  • In April, the MDBA will release a report on the social and economic impacts of the Basin Plan.


Irrigation Pump

  • Hybrid solar-diesel pumps are coming onto the market, in particular bore pumps. One farmer claims to save $35/ML in pumping costs. Link Newer systems have simpler power electronics that eliminate the need for solar inverters. Link
  • Coorong farmers install desalination plant to enable use of brackish water, to cut costs. Link

More News

  • Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder, David Papps, is retiring. He will be replaced by Jody Swirepik. Link
  • Irrigated agriculture “booming” with land prices in the Murray and Murrumbidgee valleys doubling in the last three years. Link


  • Goulburn-Murray Water has more than halved its delivery losses since Millennium drought. On the other hand, they’re delivering less water. Link
  • 19 km of pipelines to be constructed in the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District during the irrigation season. Link
  • Goulburn-Murray Water runs at a $90 million loss, but a large part of the change is depreciation. Link
  • Goulburn-Murray Water has prosecuted two water thieves and has more they will take to court. Link


  • WaterNSW launches new call centre to give comprehensive water licensing and water trading information. Link
  • WaterNSW releases their Lower Darling Operations Plan. Link
  • Murray Irrigation Limited upgrade enters next phase. Link
  • NSW water executive allegedly receives golden handshake. Link



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