Channel Status

The My Channel Update tool is a tool for landowners to get real time updates on what is happening with their channel (or channels).The tool provides information about Goulburn-Murray Water-owned irrigation assets. It does not provide information about private assets on individual properties.

Disclaimer:

Before using the tool, please note that it is:
Continually being validated, enhanced and updated.
— Based on analysis of available information.
— Subject to change without notice.
— Provided for information only.
— For personal use only.

Access to the tool is on the basis that you accept responsibility for assessing the accuracy of the data and information contained within the tool. No responsibility will be accepted for any loss or damage, however caused, which you may directly or indirectly suffer in connection with your use of this tool, nor do we accept any responsibility for any such loss arising out of your use of or reliance on information contained on or accessed through this tool.

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Channel Status

The My Channel Update tool is a tool for landowners to get real time updates on what is happening with their channel (or channels). The tool provides information about Goulburn-Murray Water-owned irrigation assets. It does not provide information about private assets on individual properties.

— Enter your outlet number into the search field below.

Disclaimer

Before using the tool, please note that it is:

  1. Continually being validated, enhanced and updated.
  2. Based on analysis of available information.
  3. Subject to change without notice.
  4. Provided for information only.
  5. For personal use only.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Decommission channel with alternate private connection

The channel will be retained with part or full infrastructure modernisation (from meter upgrades only to regulators and meter upgrades). Some meters may not be upgraded if they have little to no historic use. Opportunities for landowners to reduce outlets are encouraged. This solution generally applies to channels where:

— There is medium to high water use on the channel.

— The channel is rated as a low to medium water loss channel.

— The water losses do not justify decommissioning, remediation or piping of the channel.

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Retain channel with remediation or pipeline

The channel will be retained and upgraded to full automation (meter upgrades and regulators), and remodelled and remediated with plastic or clay lining. Some meters may not be upgraded if they have little to no historic use. In some cases, channels may be replaced with a GMW-owned pipeline (where there are high water losses and low to medium flow rates). Opportunities for landowners to reduce outlets are encouraged. This solution generally applies to channels where:

— There are a large number of landowners connected.

— Landowners use a lot of water (i.e. commercial irrigators), and

— The channel loses a lot of water through leakage, seepage and evaporation.

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Retain channel with modernisation

The channel will be retained with part or full infrastructure modernisation (from meter upgrades only to regulators and meter upgrades). Some meters may not be upgraded if they have little to no historic use. Opportunities for landowners to reduce outlets are encouraged. This solution generally applies to channels where:

— There is medium to high water use on the channel.

— The channel is rated as a low to medium water loss channel.

— The water losses do not justify decommissioning, remediation or piping of the channel.

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Retain channel with no modernisation

The channel will be retained with no infrastructure modernisation. Existing infrastructure, such as dethridge wheels, open outlets and stock and domestic connections will remain in place. There may still be an opportunity for landowners to reduce outlets if the proposal meets value for money criteria. This solution applies to channels where:

— The channel is rated as low water loss through seepage, leakage and evaporation.

— There is low water use by landowners with connections to the channel.

— The cost to modernise the channel would far exceed the benefits gained.

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Key term: water loss

There are many ways that a channel can lose water, including seepage, leakage and outfalls. Soil type and the condition of the channel may also influence water loss (for example, soils with a high proportion of clay tend to hold water better than sandy soils). We calculate the channel loss rate as an average for the channel (generally between regulators).

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Key term: water use

We look at the average annual water use of all customers on the channel for the irrigation seasons 2011/2012 to 2013/2014. These seasons were 100% allocation years.

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Key term: soil type

Soil type is a critical factor in assessing solutions for a channel. Heavy clay soils tend to retain water very well, with little leakage and seepage. In contrast, light, sandy soils allow water to seep through. Other geographical factors, such as topography and vegetation, may also influence our assessment.