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Harvest Festival 2014


WILLUNGA Basin Water is committed to supporting the works of irrigators and the broader McLaren Vale wine region. In January we welcomed the opportunity to support the 2014 McLaren Vale Harvest Festival. As a sponsor of the Festival, Willunga Basin Water met with many of the region’s growers in a celebration of the 2014 harvest.

Looking after the water supplies for more than 180 irrigators across the region,Willunga Basin Water was pleased to have the opportunity to support an annual event which showcases the importance of irrigation within the region.

Willunga Basin Water Expansion

FROM 2014 Willunga Basin Water plans to begin expanding its network in response to the needs of irrigators across the McLaren Vale region. 

Initial investigations and planning have begun, with McLaren Flat and Blewitt Springs confirmed as primary areas of focus over the next five years. 

Surveys and information have been distributed across the region to determine the needs of irrigators and several information sessions have been held, thanks to the support and hospitality of John and Liz Hugo from Hugo Wines and Scott Collett from Woodstock Winery. 

We are at the very early stages of determining the issues and opportunities that irrigators across McLaren Flat and Blewitt Springs are facing.

It’s been important for us to understand the water sources people have access to and how these are faring given the extreme weather conditions. 

Many irrigators across these areas are reporting a drop in the water table and an increasing level of salinity within their supplies.

With the region growing this will become an increasing issue for irrigators. 

As investigations develop, Willunga Basin Water will continue to work with irrigators across the region to determine how the network can best meet their needs into the future. In addition, Willunga Basin Water is working with SA Water and HydroPlan to maximise storage options and determine infrastructure requirements to support new growth. 

The organisation also welcomes discussions with irrigators across its existing network who may also be interested in learning more about the value of reclaimed water. 

Expansion of the network aims to maximise the recycling of a sustainable and reliable water source, provide greater financial and water supply security to irrigators, and further reduce the impact of discharge of wastewater to the environment. These elements support the McLaren Vale wine region’s important focus on sustainable vineyard practices. 

Those interested in attending future irrigator information sessions and forums relating to the expansion are invited to call the WBW office on 08 8323 7633. 

Important Information - Outlet Audits

ALL customers should be aware that they need to manage the irrigation of their properties so that the general public cannot inadvertently come in to contact with recycled water. 

As part of an ongoing audit process, Willunga Basin Water will ensure correct signage is maintained, taps and fittings are correctly marked (reclaimed water - do not drink), that there are no cross connections with the potable system and that pipework is correctly marked or colour coded. 

These on-farm controls are important protection tools against inadvertent use and form part of the obligations under Willunga Basin Water’s Health Approval. 

Importantly, unless authorised, reclaimed water is only to be used for drip irrigation of grapevines and fruit trees, nut crops and flowers. 

Backwash water must be controlled in the same manner. 

Customers who have outlets locked up behind gates/fencing that are not accessibleto Willunga Basin Water are required to allow access to WBW staff and contractors for maintenance and meter reading under existing contracts. 

This requirement also extends to the need to enter the premises in response to an emergency relating to the reuse system. 

Customers who do not currently provide this access are requested to contact the Willunga Basin Water office to arrange a time for Mike to make an on-site visit to discuss access arrangements. 

 

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**extract from The Southern Times Messenger**

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