Scheme Name:
Dial Blythe Irrigation Scheme
2,855 ML
Irrigable Area:
8,630 ha
Penguin, West Pine
Dam Level:
  • 27%
  • 0% 100%
Current Storage Levels:
1,104 ML

The $14.4M Dial Blythe Irrigation Scheme was officially opened on 6 March 2015 by Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff and Brett Whitely MP.  Construction of the scheme was undertaken by Shaw Contracting Australia with supply of pipe from Zezt Pty Ltd in Wynyard. 

Funding for the scheme was provided by the Federal Government ($9.06M) under the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Plan, $1.96m in State Government funding from the Water Infrastructure Fund and $3.4m in private capital from farmers.
Water for DBIS is extracted a new pump station on the Blythe River above the South Riana Road bridge which is capable of transferring 20ML per day to the South Riana Dam.  The newly constructed South Riana Dam has a capacity of 4,000ML which is filled both from the Blythe River and the un-named tributary upon which it is constructed.
Water deliveries to the 52 property outlets is via 43km of HDPE pipeline and will be made during the 120 day December through March irrigation season.
The river pumps will predominantly take water through the winter period and are governed by water licences from DPIPWE which provide for minimum flows to be maintained in the Blythe River. 
First deliveries from the scheme occurred in April 2015, however the scheme will operate in its full capacity for the 2015/16 irrigation season.

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