Total funding: $7 million, consisting of $3.5 million from the Australian Government and $3.5 million from the New South Wales (NSW) Government.
About the project
The project will identify and replace three inefficient open channel stock, domestic and irrigation water delivery systems in central and northern inland rivers with piped systems, storage tanks and troughs. This will achieve significant water savings which will be managed for environmental outcomes. The areas being targeted are in the Lower Gwydir, Lower Barwon and Lower Lachlan.
The project will:
- generate up to 5 GL per year in water savings from reduced system and operational losses
- reallocate and manage the water savings for the environment
- reduce groundwater accession and associated salinity impacts through reduced seepage and leakage in the channels
- secure better quality and reliable water supplies for farmers
The final survey, design and plans are completed for two of the three projects, and preliminary works are being carried out. The Lower Gwydir project is delayed by recent flooding.
Water Smart Australia projects are funded by the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative.
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