Water, Water managment

Goulburn Murray Water under threat as irrigation network struggles

21 February 2018

Peter Hunt, The Weekly Times
21 February 2018

VICTORIA’S largest irrigation district is on the brink of collapse.

Goulburn Murray Water is struggling to run an unviable 5000km channel network amid possible demands it delivers even more water to quench the Murray-Darling Basin Plan’s thirst.

The plan has already drained 800 gigalitres from the Goulburn Murray Water Irrigation District, leaving 80 per cent of its channels carrying less than 500 megalitres each — just 18 per cent of its deliveries.

Now the Senate is considering basin plan amendments, which, if blocked, would force another 252GL to be drained from the district, cutting deliveries and driving up water prices for many of the region’s 12,350 irrigators.

“It’ll mean even less water, less irrigators, less food,” Mooroopna irrigator Peter Hall said. “Do people want to eat our fruit and drink our milk or do they just want to just import it from China?”

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