QLD, SA, ACT: Murray-Darling Basin Water Infrastructure Program

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

The Murray-Darling Basin Water Infrastructure Program (the program) is the new Basin-wide water infrastructure program contributing to ‘bridging the gap’ and providing water for efficiency measures. Efficiency measure projects must be socio-economically neutral or positive.

Proposals for projects in the on-farm stream are eligible in Queensland, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.

The program will fund water efficiency projects in five streams:

  • urban water efficiency projects such as water recycling, stormwater capture and water recycling, reducing leakage, upgrading sewerage processing practices, demand management, and the introduction of better urban metering technology
  • industrial water efficiency projects such as improved processing practices, plant upgrades, processing or product redesign and implementation, and water recycling
  • off-farm projects such as refurbishment or replacement of channel systems, improving stock and domestic pipelines, and improving dams and water storages
  • metering projects such as replacing or upgrading meters so that they are compliant with the Australian Standard, and the removal or installation of associated flow regulation infrastructur
  • en-farm projects in Queensland, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory such as improving water delivery infrastructure, installing smarter technology to reduce overwatering, and replacing open channels with pipes

General inquiries 1800 900 090

http://www.agriculture.gov.au/water/mdb/programs/basin-wide/mdbwi-program

Key Criteria:

General rules for participation:

  • Any water users holding eligible water rights within the Basin may apply for funding for urban, industrial, off-farm and metering projects
  • On-farm projects are eligible in Queensland, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory
  • Projects must be valued at $1 million or more to be undertaken directly by a Project Partner. Projects valued at more than $1 million can also be delivered through a Delivery Partner
  • Projects valued at less than $1 million must be delivered through a Delivery Partner
  • In return for funding water efficiency infrastructure projects, participants transfer an agreed volume of water savings to the Commonwealth in the form of eligible water rights
  • Any additional water savings generated by the infrastructure upgrades can be retained by the program participant
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