The Torrumbarry Weir recently received an upgrade of its electrical and control system to ensure its reliability into the future.
The weir, about 35km north-west of Echuca, was built on the Murray River just after World War I as a removable trestle structure.
It has historically been used to store and divert water to farms and businesses in the Torrumbarry Irrigation Area.
‘‘Today, about 500000Ml of water are diverted from the weir pool for irrigation each year, helping grow food and fibre with a gross value of some $130million,’’ Goulburn-Murray Water managing director Pat Lennon said.
The new control system monitors and manages water levels and flows by automatically controlling the six flow release gates, while also providing crucial data about the structure and other aspects of the river to the river operators.
G-MW regional manager Phil Hoare said installing the latest control system ensured the timely and accurate operation of the weir.
‘‘In addition, it also provides more real time data and reduces the risks associated with the failure of older technology,’’ Mr Hoare said.
The upgrade was done in stages over winter to limit closure of the structure to visitors, who include campers, anglers and boaters.