Report a Fault: (08) 8586 6050| Annual Shutdown: 14 to 19 May 2023

Battery installation at the Main Pump Station

Work is being carried out over the Summer to install batteries in the area adjacent to the office at the Main Pump Station.

The batteries will improve the stability and reliability of the electricity supply grid in the local area, and provide an additional income stream to RIT.

RIT is working in partnership with Enel-X on the project.

Greenwood Solutions have been engaged to do the installation work.

Have a look at progress so far!

River Murray Flood – SA Power Networks update

This news item from SA Power Networks updates information which we posted on 23 January

SA Power Networks’ has recently published a fact sheet which details the steps for customers to take to have their power supply reconnected.

Please click here for the ‘SA Power Networks – Reconnecting Power after Flooding Fact Sheet’ as well as further information about the process involved in restoring power.

Class 1 Noxious Fish Species – Oriental Weatherloach

The high waters have brought an unwanted guest downstream—a class 1 noxious species of fish called the oriental weatherloach.  These small creatures have been causing havoc in upstream irrigation systems (first 2 left photos) and are now being found in our pipeline network, grower’s filters and domestic meters (third right photo). We have been advised their numbers will reduce as the water recedes. Please maintain your filters regularly.

The above 2 photos on the left are courtesy of Western Murray Irrigation, the third photo on the right is courtesy of RIT field staff.

Further details can be found on the PIRSA website:

River Murray Flood Recovery – restoring power

SA Power Networks has a dedicated website for customers who have lost power during the River Murray Floods.

The main points are:

If the property has been damaged/inundated the owner will need to contact an electrician to obtain a certificate of compliance and contact their retailer to raise a service request so that SA Power Networks can then reconnect electricity supply. Right now, if they haven’t already done so, customers should:

  1. Keep up to date with SASES alerts and warnings
  2. Visit for the latest information, including registering for a clean-up/structural assessment
  3. Register for SA Power Networks’ free SMS/Email notification service
  4. Look at the factsheet (power reconnection process overview) published by SA Power Networks

There will also be a pop up hub on the river front next to the Renmark Club on 31 January where you can ask any questions regarding the reconnection of power.

Farewell Don Tripney

The Members, Board and Staff of the Renmark Irrigation Trust were saddened by the recent passing of Don Tripney.

Don began working for the Trust on 8 February 1954 as a trainee channelman in the days when channelmen were an important link between the Trust and Irrigators. In 1955 Don was offered a vacancy on the clerical staff and began working as a rates clerk.

One of his jobs in the 1956 flood was to monitor what was happening in the Trust basement. One Friday night he noticed that there were cracks in the floor and damp patches so he was told to shift documents to a higher level. There was about a metre of water in the basement which soaked up the walls. Unfortunately, the documents were leaning against the wall and became water logged.

With the recent high waters, staff were once again on basement watch but this time all documents were moved offsite.

In 1966 Don was appointed secretary of the Trust and in 1983 he was appointed as the first secretary manager. Don retired from the Trust on 7 July 1990. Don continued to be invaluable to the Trust following his retirement and was always happy to share his knowledge and stories.

We were pleased to see Don in early December to celebrate the Main Pumping Station’s 50th birthday. He thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the afternoon tea!

Christmas at RIT

The Trust office will close at 5pm today, the 22 December, and reopen at 8.30am on 3rd January.

Please ring 8586 6050 for any urgent matters during this time as we have staff rostered on to deal with emergencies.

Water can be booked by phone from 8.30am to 10.30am each day or you can book anytime via our online water orders page

Please email allocation transfer enquiries

We hope you have a great Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

RIT Flood Information

The peak of the flood has now passed Mildura and is expected in Renmark next week. Today, Monday, 19 December 2022, the Trust’s main pumping station is operating at 2.6m above the normal Lock 5 weir pool level. The forecast rise in the river is within the main pumping station’s operational capacity.

Trust staff will continue to monitor operations closely during the holiday period.

The continuity of power supply is of concern to all communities along the river in South Australia. However, through advocacy and liaison, the main pumping station’s power supply risk has been mitigated by:

  • the reduction in the “safety” margin of power lines over water from 4.7 to 3.7m;
  • the introduction of boating exclusion zones;
  • the state government 250GL secondary levy bank around the Renmark sub-station; and
  • confirmation of SAPN’s ability to isolate and re-route the power supply.

Organic matter in the water remains high – please check and clean your filters regularly. Our Water Service Managers are available throughout the holiday period (8586 6050)

(Photo credit: Riverland Commercial Photography)

Riverland Wine’s Grape and Wine Sector Industry Workshop

The new date for Riverland Wine’s next Outlook Industry Workshop has been set.

The workshop will include information on vineyard resting post hard pruning inspection, reworking/ grafting vines, and growing vineyard resilience.

It will also include a discussion on the initial findings from the Grower Survey.

For more details see Riverland Wine’s Facebook page

Rural business support for flood affected businesses

The South Australian Government has partnered with Rural Business Support to provide free, independent and confidential financial counselling to small business owners affected by the Riverland flooding crisis as they plan their road to recovery.

RBS business financial counsellors can support small and family business owners to develop emergency and recovery/ continuity action plans, working with the business owner to understand the short and long term implications of the flood event and assisting them to manage their financial wellbeing as they recover and rebuild.

For more information please call FREECALL 1800 836 211 or or visit