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The Connections Project achieved 433 gigalitres (GL) of long-term water recovery from modernising the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District (GMID). Further modernisation of Goulburn-Murray Water’s (GMW) irrigation districts is underway as part of the GMW water efficiency program (WEP).

This work will help achieve an additional 15.9 GL of long-term water recovery to support environmental flows.

Water recovery is verified through an independent audit undertaken in accordance with the Minister for Water’s Water Savings Protocol.

The audit process and the Protocol assure that water recovery is real and that water entitlements issued for the water recovery will not adversely impact on the environment and on the reliability of existing water entitlements. This is the high standard needed for the Minister for Water to issue water entitlements.

2021-2022 Independent audit of long-term water recovery

An independent audit verified that the GMW WEP recovered a cumulative total of 9.045 GL of long-term water recovery from irrigation modernisation works. This work was completed and operational by 31 August 2022.

The audit was undertaken by independent auditor Stantec (Qld) Pty Ltd.

System and process

The auditor was satisfied that GMW had completed the works claimed in the calculations and attests that:

  • GMW WEP has accurately calculated water recovery in accordance with the Water Savings Protocol.
  • GMW data collection processes continue to be sufficiently robust, and inputs are as accurate as could reasonably be expected for the purpose of calculating water recovery.

The auditor’s recommendation was that GMW WEP consider improving the audit trail when flow records are updated in its System Planning Module.

Page last updated: 08/09/23