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Call to consider water needs

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April 12, 2018

Goulburn-Murray Water is encouraging its customers to think about their irrigation needs as early as possible due to high demand for water.

Goulburn-Murray Water is encouraging its customers to think about their irrigation needs as early as possible due to high demand for water.

‘‘The demand for irrigation water increases during autumn, which is traditionally a high water use period,’’ G-MW’s customer operations general manager Scott Barber said.

‘‘Our customers also have significant water to use after this season’s positive allocations.

‘‘Our water delivery team has been busy — with more than 1375Gl delivered to all customers so far in the 2017-18 year compared with 835Gl for the same period in the 2016-17 year,’’ Mr Barber said.

As a result, some channel congestion may occur when demand for irrigation water increases.

‘‘In instances where irrigation water demand exceeds channel delivery capacity for only a short period, we will schedule irrigation orders — linking start orders with finish orders.

‘‘This means we are requesting that customers be flexible with start dates and times to fit demand within available capacity. Where appropriate, orders may be altered in consultation with the customer to maximise channel capacity,’’ Mr Barber said.

‘‘To ensure we’re working as closely as possible with our customers to manage their water needs we’re encouraging them to contact their planner to discuss their end-of-season and autumn irrigation needs.

‘‘With information on our customers’ planned irrigation needs, we will be able to better balance supply for all customers.’’

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