About 19km of pipelines will be installed across the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District in coming months, with works expected to create significant water savings in the region.
The $2billion Goulburn-Murray Water Connections project aims to construct 16 pipelines during the irrigation season as part of its early works schedule.
Works are currently being carried out or completed on 10 of the pipelines across three irrigation districts.
When completed the works will see four pipelines totalling more than 7.5km installed in Rochester, three pipelines totalling more than 3km in Torrumbarry and two pipelines totalling more than 1km in Murray Valley.
Meters and regulators will also be upgraded along the pipelines at the same time.
Traditionally, pipeline works were carried out during the winter works period; however the project is now undertaking works throughout the year to increase efficiencies in reaching water savings targets.
Project director Frank Fisseler said completing works during the irrigation season meant more landowners would be connected to the modernised delivery network sooner.
‘‘We are modernising the delivery network to supply water more efficiently and generate water savings that contribute to the long-term sustainability of Victoria’s water supply,’’ Mr Fisseler said.