RPS Infrastructure Solutions partnered with the Goulburn-Murray Water Connections Project to deliver the Rochester No 3/14 channel modernisation project, a $1.5m reconfiguration of nearly 3.5km of underutilised, inefficient, leaking channel. The redesign includes a modern pump and pipeline network, delivering irrigation water to a range of small farms and lifestyle properties on the western outskirts of Echuca, Victoria.
The reconfiguration has enabled over 400 ML of previously lost water to be recovered annually, contributing to the overall savings of the greater $2 billion Goulburn-Murray Water Connections Project.
The new system includes a fully automated pump station drawing water from the G-MW backbone channel network, delivering up to 24 ML/day to 34 properties. The pipeline distributes water supply via 47 irrigation and stock and domestic supply outlets through 3.5km of HDPE pipeline network, ranging in size from DN500 down to DN110.
RPS was engaged to deliver the project from start to finish, consisting of:
• All landowner, stakeholder and community consultation
• Development (design and costing) of reconfiguration options
• Options feasibility analysis
• Detailed design and costing of preferred option
• All environmental, cultural and statutory approvals
• Construction design and stakeholder support.
The project was completed for G-MW Connections in ten months and within budget, ready for use in the 2015-16 irrigation season. This was a record achievement given similar reconfiguration proposals for G-MW Connections have historically averaged three years to complete.