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Open and close without any manual operation at the site. The landowner places an order with Goulburn-Murray Water, which is then relayed via radio link. The automation can also regulate the flow during each irrigation. The electronic motor on site, which opens and closes the outlet, is powered by battery and solar panel.
A system of remotely controlled regulators and gates linked to a computerised system. The computerised system automates the ordering, delivery and measurement of supply in irrigation channels. This automation may include customer service points.
Open channel or flume constructed to convey water from an upstream water source to farms.
The Channel Remediation program upgrades irrigation channels of poor quality rating, in order to increase lifespans, improve channel capacity and reduce water leakage
An asset is regarded as commissioned once it is placed into operation. For meters, this requires water to be running through the asset and measurements to be taken. Distinguish from installation.
Public or private, piped or open channels that allow individual properties, or a cluster of properties, to receive their water from the backbone.
To remove irrigation infrastructure. A channel is regarded as decommissioned once water is no longer flowing through the channel.
A document outlining the G-MW and landowner assets proposed for construction within an SCP, to a level of detail which may be operationally implemented. Formed through detailed assessment of each landowner’s irrigation needs.
The positive displacement flow measurement device used to determine water volumes supplied from a supply channel to an individual farm. The meter is available in several sizes. Dethridge Wheels are being replaced as part of the modernisation process.
A property right over land held by a person other than the landowner, which provides rights to do a specific thing on that land. Easements may exist between neighbouring landowners (e.g. granting access to inspect and repair an underground pipe) or between a landowner and G-MW (e.g. granting access to inspect and repair a channel serving multiple customers).
A document that sets out the works that are to be carried out by or on behalf of the Owners. Farm Irrigation Assessments help ensure that any planned modernisation works enhance farm operations, rather than impact negatively on them. These assessments also maximise rationalisation opportunities.
Used to accurately measure and record water usage and flow. Examples include the SlipMeter, FlumeGate and BladeMeter
High Reliability has been converted from the existing Water Right (eg 100ML of Water Right becomes 100ML of High Reliability water share. Seasonal allocations will depend on how much water is available in storage.
A geographic area with defined boundaries where water is distributed using pipes and channels owned and operated by a water corporation. A defined part of the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District which comprises six irrigation areas e.g. Central Goulburn Irrigation Area.

A legal entity declared under the Water Act 1989. This gives rural water corporations rights and responsibilities to supply water by channels and pipelines mainly for irrigation purposes.

The Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District is a large district across northern Victoria that includes irrigation areas like Shepparton and Central Goulburn.
The legally binding agreement between a landowner and G-MW under which the landowner grants permission for reconfiguration to occur and agrees to undertake certain on-farm works. Also refers to the document which encapsulates the agreement.
A gravity-fed shared pipeline system that uses BladeMeter™ turnouts and computer software to distribute water from primary canals to multiple farms. It extends elements of Rubicon's Network Control channel automation technology into a pipeline environment. The LEP’s smart technology overcomes the problems associated with traditional gravity-fed pipelines, providing all users with a high level of service within the tight pressure head constraints of a gravity pipeline.
The Regulator Automation program seeks to replace out-of-date regulators with modern infrastructure in order to reduce water leakage and operating costs.
Lining water supply channel bed and banks or rebuilding channel banks to reduce water losses. Impermeable membranes or compacted clay may be used to line channels. These works are targeted toward seepage and leakage water losses, which account for up to 45 per cent of overall losses when using an open channel system. Remediation is a water savings intervention.
Water lost through micro-pores in channel beds and banks in earthen channel systems. Service point: is the point on the public water supply system that a customer receives water, usually through a meter. A service point may also be known as a meter, wheel or outlet.
The location where water enters an individual farm from the communal water system. Also called an outlet.
A project to reconfigure water supply to an area of high-density, low-volume customers. Special Projects are identified during the Landscape Planning process and are split into a separate SCP. Due to their special requirements, Special Projects are delivered under a single-contractor model rather than through the ordinary SCP process.
A licence that authorises the use of water for the purposes of irrigation on the land specified in that licence. A water-use licence is an entitlement to irrigate a specific parcel or parcels of land. The licence sets out the conditions for use, such as how much water you can use on your land in a single irrigation season. The licence is tied to the land. If you sell your property the water-use licence automatically transfers to the new owner, unless part of the property is sold separately.
An authorisation to use water for purposes other than irrigation eg domestic & stock, commercial.