Report a Fault: (08) 8586 6050Annual General Meeting on 5/12/2022

NORMAL WATERING NOW AVAILABLE


Update 8am on Thursday 14 July

Full water delivery capacity is now available and irrigators may return to normal watering.

Functionality of the water delivery system was restored last night with only minor adjustments to be made today.

RIT is appreciative of the support, encouragement and understanding provided by the community during this major emergency repair.

Update at 5pm on Tuesday 12 July

Repairs are still underway to fix the unexpected water outage at the main pump station. However, water will be available for domestic purposes tonight.

It is anticipated that by the end of tomorrow full service and pressure will be restored.

Previous Updates

Update at 2pm on Tuesday 12 July

Unfortunately there has been an unexpected water outage at the main pump station. The source of the leak causing the outage has been identified and repair processes are underway. Some water is likely to be available later tonight and a further update will be provided toward the end of the day.

Update at 5pm on Monday 11 July

Unfortunately there has been an unexpected outage at the Trust’s main pump station. The water outage has been caused by a leak at the start of the pipeline distribution system as it leaves the main pump station. The precise source of the leak has not yet been identified. The three main pipelines in the area make excavations a very slow process due to the large size, depth and close proximity of the pipelines. The main pumping infrastructure remains fully functional. The main pump station will remain off overnight. Thank you for your understanding.

High Flow Advice – SA River Murray


Due to the increased flow upstream of the South Australian border, the Department for Environment and Water predicts that flow in the River Murray is likely to reach a peak of between 40,000 ML/day and 45, 000 ML/day in the first two weeks of July 2022. The flow is expected to exceed 40,000 ML/day on or around 27 June 2022. At this flow rate, inundation above normal pool level is expected to be limited to low-lying areas of the floodplain. However, the main River Murray channel is expected to experience high flow.  Operating watercraft and swimming in the main River Murray channel can be more hazardous during high flow. Submerged objects, debris and the force of the current can present a risk to public safety.  People operating watercraft, swimming, canoeing or participating in other activities on the main River Murray channel are advised to be aware of the risk of high flow, and take precautions to protect life and property.  Backwaters, lakes and other parts of the river away from the main channel are likely to be less affected by the high flows, and present lower risks to life and property.

Requests for assistance for on-water incidents or inundation of property should be directed to the SA State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500. 

For life-threatening emergencies call 000.

Click here for more information

Planned Supply Outage


From 9pm Tuesday 21 June to 11.59pm Wednesday 22 June 2022

The Trust will be undertaking essential maintenance on infrastructure in the area outlined on the map below on Wednesday 22 June 2022. Water supply will cease in this area from 9pm Tuesday 21 June and be restored at 11.59pm Wednesday 22 June 2022.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Outage Map

ThincLab AgTech Bootcamp – 15 and 16 June


Renmark Irrigation Trust prize: $1,500 cash! 

The ThincLab AgTech Innovation Bootcamp is taking place in Renmark on the 15th & 16th of June. If you would like to be part of solving key challenges in the Agriculture sector, and you enjoy working with others and learning new skills, come along and be part of a fantastic day and a half of workshops, brainstorming and collaboration.

Workshops and activities include:

Full schedule for the bootcamp can be viewed here              

Prizes

Participants can win the following prizes!

  • 1st: $2,000 Cash
  • 2nd: $1,000 Cash
  • 3rd: $500 Cash
  • Renmark Irrigation Trust prize: $1,500 cash   

Registrations close 9 June 2022 so please register your attendance now!

Participation in the Bootcamp is free of charge. Meals and refreshments are provided throughout the event. 

VitiVisor Presentation at Riverland Wine – 9 June


The three-year, Hands-off Ha (VitiVisor) project, funded by Wine Australia, University of Adelaide and Riverland Wine is nearing completion.

A VitiVisor presentation will be held at the Loxton Research Centre on Thursday, June 9, 2022

Bookings are essential

Please RSVP to Riverland Wine
Email: admin@riverlandwine.com.au | Phone 8584 5816

Project details contact Project Manager, Brad Nott
Email: bradley.nott@adelaide.edu.au | 0417 866 424

Woolenook Japanese Internment Camp


Come and hear about our ‘work in progress’ on the role of the Japanese woodcutters from Woolenook internment camp in keeping the lights on and the pumps running in WWII

A shortage of diesel in WWII created a demand for wood as fuel to produce electricity, which the Trust provided to Renmark, the townships of Paringa, Lyrup, Berri, and Loveday Internment Camp. Drawing on interviews from Renmark’s residents, and 80-year-old photographs, this talk by RIT staff uncovers the critical role of Japanese woodcutters in the running of RIT pumps. 

Our sessions have now finished. Please contact us if you would like to know more about the relationship between the Trust and the Japanese Internment camp at Woolenook Bend in World War II.

2022-23 SA River Murray Opening Allocations 100%


The projected minimum opening allocation for South Australian River Murray irrigators for the 2022–23 water year is 100%

With the projected minimum opening allocation being greater than 50%, carryover of allocations from 2021–22 will not be available in 2022–23.

As the projected minimum opening allocation is 100% for the 2022–23 water year, no more allocation announcements are scheduled for the 2022–23 water year. In mid-June 2022 the volume of water available for allocation will be gazetted and allocations issued for use from 1 July 2022.

See the 14 April 2022 Allocation Statement

https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/topics/river-murray/water-allocation/current-allocations

Private Carryover – have your say!


The Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board has released an updated draft Water Allocation Plan for the River Murray Prescribed Watercourse for comment.

The proposed changes will remove ‘rollover’ and forfeiture of carryover volumes and will allow carryover to be used in the year that it is granted.

Consultation on the proposed changes opens this week.

The Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board is keen to hear community views and invites all interested people to to attend the online or in-person information sessions.

Online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8C27SCZ

Online webinars: March 1 and 3

In person drop-in sessions – 22 March (Murray Bridge) and 23 March (Berri)

More information is available here

Murray-Darling Basin information in one place


The Bureau of Meteorology has a new portal which centralises up-to-date information about storages, allocations and trading information in the Murray-Darling Basin catchment area.

There are also links to information about Water Resource Management, Water for the Environment and roles and responsibilities of state jurisdictions and federal authorities.

Have a look at the portal here https://mdbwip.bom.gov.au/The-Murray-Darling-Basin/#4.6/-31.5/147

Infrastructure upgrades to Bookmark Creek


The Department for Environment and Water has released artist impressions of the Bookmark Creek rehabilitation program, as part of the $37. 6 million Sustainable Riverland Environments program.

Upgrades to the Jane Eliza Inlet regulator include a multi-purpose passage for aquatic life such as fish and turtles as well as a canoe passage, and a pedestrian bridge.

The work at Nelwart Street Bridge will replace existing infrastructure and the upgrade will dramatically improve connectivity and movement for native fish. The existing regulator currently restricts flow and impedes fish movement so the proposed works seek to improve access to habitat for large-bodied native fish.

Recreational users such as kayakers will be able to paddle from the top structure, travel down Bookmark Creek and loop back to the top via the river.

The impressions can be viewed here .

Feedback is welcome by Monday 7 February 2022.