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Irrigation pumps powered by solar

A new demonstration project to power irrigation pumping systems with solar photovoltaic (PV) energy has launched in Bundaberg. The primary outcome of the project is to demonstrate the costs savings associated with the use of solar power with the conventional “big gun” irrigation over a period of three growing seasons. Minister for the Environment and […]

WaterNSW advises monitoring pumping infrastructure

WaterNSW has advised some customers to monitor their pumping infrastructure, particularly water intakes and suction lines, due to fluctuating water levels in the Lachlan River. Changing releases from Wyangala Dam and Lake Brewster are causing river levels and flow rates in the Lachlan river to decrease, while areas between Wyangala Dam and Cowra may experience […]

New automation irrigation channel trial

The Irrigation Research and Extension Committee (IREC) and Murrumbidgee Irrigation (MI) are working together on a pilot automation trial project for irrigation supply channels, with potential for expansion across the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA). Trial sites have been established on irrigation properties adjacent to MI’s channel system in Gogeldrie, with automated gates fitted to existing […]

Improving farm irrigation efficiency

Solar-powered pumps to reduce energy costs and sprinklers that can adjust the amount of water applied to suit the soil type are among 98 projects worth around $35 million that have been funded through the latest round of the Farm Water Program. The projects are being funded through the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority’s (CMA) […]

New infrastructure funding opportunity for irrigators

Funding is now open for round 12 of the Queensland Government’s Healthy Headwaters Water Use Efficiency project (HHWUE) which provides funding for on-farm infrastructure to increase water efficiency. Key changes to the guidelines in round 12 are project timing requirements and the ability to offer water from different locations. Project timing is critical as the […]

PIA signs mutual co-operation agreement

Pump Industry Australia (PIA) has signed a Mutual Cooperation Agreement with a peak national irrigation organisation. PIA and Irrigation Australia recognised that they have much in common in the areas of technical interest, training, standardisation, energy and environmental related issues applicable to irrigation pump products, and that commonality will lead to mutual benefits for the […]

Expanding irrigated agriculture in SA

The South Australian Government will invest $110 million to help expand the Northern Adelaide Plains irrigated food production area. South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Leon Bignell, and Minister for Water, Ian Hunter, said the State Government has submitted an application to the Federal Government’s National Water Infrastructure Development Fund […]

Irrigators receive another funding opportunity

The Australian Government has announced round 12 of Healthy Headwaters Water Use Efficiency project (HHWUE) funding is now open to help irrigators increase water use efficiency. Key changes to the guidelines in round 12 are project timing requirements and the ability to offer water from different locations. Project timing is critical as the HHWUE program […]

Main Canal closed for upgrades

Murrumbidgee Irrigation (MI) will upgrade all major regulating structures of the Main Canal, meaning there will be no irrigation supply for up to eleven weeks, from late May 2017. MI CEO Brett Jones said this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to change the way the business operates. “We are committed to delivering value […]

Getting technical at PIA’s Sydney meeting

Pump Industry Australia started off a busy 2017 with a technical meeting at Hydro Innovations on 21 February. The meeting was a great opportunity for PIA members and guests to network with colleagues who operate in the Sydney pump market, and the event was well-received by those who attended. Presentations were made by Keith Sanders, […]


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