SRW channels thoughts on carp

LOCALS are being urged to report carp infestations in irrigation channels.

Southern Rural Water manager of water supply east Terry Clapham said the organisation’s winter maintenance program had a big focus on channel cleaning and reduction of European Carp, which cause huge damage to channel banks.

He urged people around the district to report carp hot spots.

“If you know where carp are hiding over winter, please give us a call to come and remove them,” he said.

“Many people have reported hot spots in the previous two winters and we’ve been able to pull significant numbers of carp out of the channels.

“The more carp we remove, the less damage they cause and the less we have to spend on repairs.”

Meanwhile, SRW has announced an additional 10 per cent of low reliability water share allocation for the Macalister Irrigation District.

This takes the total season allocation to 100 per cent high reliability water shares and 20 per cent low reliability water shares.

Mr Clapham said the extra allocation would enable farmers who had exhausted their entitlements to finish off their season if they wished, and may be useful for winter stock water storage.

He reminded those who took water from channels that the system will shut down between May 15 and August 15 to allow staff time to undertake maintenance.

“We want to remind customers — particularly those who take water from the channels for stock and domestic purposes — that they need to make alternative arrangements for water supply during this time,” he said.

“Most customers will fill tanks or dams to see them through the winter period.”

People in the irrigation district with concerns about winter water supply should phone Southern Rural Water on 1300 139 510.