The $7 million Pipeline NSW Program pilot project, jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments to pipe open channels for stock and domestic water from NSW rivers into farm dams, is now complete.
The program aimed to make significant water savings through the piping of open channels at three locations which included the Barwon, Lower Gwydir and Lachlan rivers. The three pipeline projects combined water savings of 4,074 ML/yr.
Up to 90 per cent of the water previously extracted is being saved for environmental flows and new water access licences with a total volume of 4,074 ML/yr have been created in the name of the NSW Minister for the Environment with a Commonwealth registered interest.
During the course of the program, over 400km of pipe was laid to replace 380km of open channel. Over 100 farm dams were replaced with 150 water tanks and 160 troughs.
Water supply and security for the participating landholders is now vastly improved and there is a significant reduction in landholder operating costs was achieved. Read the Pipeline NSW Program Final Report (PDF 8 MB).
The Office of Water was responsible for the implementation of the program in New South Wales, in consultation with the Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Populations & Communities.
|Barwon Channel Association stock and domestic pipeline||Brewarrina, Barwon River||$2.84 million||170 kilometres||1488 megalitres a year|
|Lower Gwydir domestic pipeline||Collarenebri, Gwydir River||$1.69 million||125 kilometres||1791 megalitres a year|
|Lower Lachlan Noonamah Water Authority stock and domestic pipeline||Corrong, Lachlan River||$2.17 million||112 kilometres||795 megalitres a year|
- Media release on Pipeline NSW