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April 12, 2018

Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) is encouraging customers to consider their irrigation needs as early as possible due to high demand for water.

Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) is encouraging customers to consider their irrigation needs as early as possible due to high demand for water.

‘‘We’re doing this because the end of the irrigation season is fast approaching (May 15) and demand for irrigation water increases during autumn, which is traditionally a high water-use period,’’ GMW general manager customer operations Scott Barber said.

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

For the week ending on March 23, there was 797GL of unused carryover water in comparison with 441GL this time last year.

Part of the difference can be attributed to higher rainfall in the 2016/17 season, which led to more water being held over until this irrigation season.

‘‘Our water-delivery team has also 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.

‘‘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,’’ Mr Barber said.

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

■To contact a GMW planner, phone 1300 469 469.

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