Berri Barmera Council Drip Irrigation Installation

Berri, Barmera, Cobdogla & Monash, SA

Total funding: Total project cost $2.2 million, with funding of $1.085 million from the Australian Government under the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns and the remaining funding provided by the Berri Barmera Council.

About the project

Berri Barmera Council is replacing existing inefficient irrigation systems with drip irrigation systems. The project locations include ovals, parks and median strips in the towns of Berri, Barmera, Cobdolga and Monash. The project involves the installation of new local irrigation lines and sub surface drip lines, pumps and a Telemetry System to monitor and distribute water in the most effective and efficient manner.

Project benefits

This project will:

  • achieve potable water saving of 302 million litres each year by using harvested stormwater and recycled wastewater for irrigation
  • reduce demand on the depleting groundwater supplies and the River Murray
  • decrease the need for the Council to purchase water to supplement the reduced allocation, and
  • maintain community open spaces for local residents and tourists to enjoy.

Progress

The project commenced on 15 December 2010 and is scheduled for completion by 30 June 2012.