Barossa Valley irrigation project set to expand

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The AU $ 21.4 million (US $ 16.7 million) Gawler Water Reuse Program in South Australia focuses on 43 km of pipes connecting the Gawler River to a series of dams and vineyards in the western valley of the Barossa.

He set out to replace 800 megaliters of Murray’s water by harvesting twice as much stormwater per year from the Gawler River.

Designed and managed by Adelaide company HydroPlan, the project delivered all 1,600 megalitres in its first year.

Everything went very well last year and they even spilled water,“said John Gransbury, boss of HydroPlan, who designed and managed the project.

Our goal now, using the results of this test, is to apply to put groundwater that is suitable for irrigation when we have a surplus.. “

Gransbury said he and the management of project partner Bunyip Water were in talks with other potential customers on nearby vineyards, also helping them take control of their water security.

The pipeline is underutilized due to restrictions on access to water. But if the project is allowed access to more, it could reach 4 gigaliters by adding storage, compared to Barossa’s needs of at least 5 gigaliters in the near term, Gransbury added.


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