Contributing to modernising infrastructure at global level

Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) continues sharing its knowledge with various groups looking at modernising infrastructure to support their progress.

Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) continues sharing its knowledge with various groups looking at modernising infrastructure to support their progress.

During December, GMW hosted separate delegations from Spain and Kazakhstan. Both groups were interested in learning more about GMW’s experience modernising irrigation infrastructure to help inform their own decisions.

GMW began modernising many of its assets in 2008 when the Connections Project was announced.

The project was the largest of its kind in Australia, improved water delivery efficiencies and saved about 433GL of water losses per year.

These savings and efficiencies were achieved by various methods, including replacing old assets such as Dethridge wheels and drop bar regulators with telemetered meters and automated flume gates.

Around the world, many regions are now looking to embark on a similar journey.

GMW Water Systems Operations manager Craig Kellow said he was glad to help ensure those doing so could make informed decisions.

“GMW and its customers have benefitted significantly from the modernised delivery network, but it was an enormous undertaking and required a lot of preparation,” he said.

“It is essential groups considering modernising their assets understand the maintenance requirements and what different roles might be required of staff to make the transition successful.

“That is where we can help them and provide some insight.”

GMW has hosted a range of senior officials from several different countries throughout 2023, including deputy prime ministers and vice ministers for agriculture.

“It’s something we always try to make time for when the opportunity arises,” Mr Kellow said.

“We’re fortunate to have the infrastructure we manage here at GMW, so it’s great to pass on our learnings to those about to embark on the same journey.”

Rubicon Water, a major provider of gates and meters, has facilitated the tours.

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