Scheme Name:
Sassafras Wesley Vale Irrigation Scheme - Operational
Volume:
5,460 ML
Irrigable Area:
10,650 ha
Communities:
Sassafras, Wesley Vale, Moriarty
Status:
Operational - 2012/13 Season opens
Progress:
  • Operational
  • Nov 2012


The Sassafras Wesley Vale Irrigation Scheme commenced operations during the 2011-12 irrigation season.
The district services cropping land around the townships of Sassafras, Harford, Thirlstane, Moriarty, Wesley Vale, Northdown, Pardoe and East Devonport. Production in the area includes poppies, cereals, pyrethrum, potatoes and vegetables (processed and fresh).
The scheme has the capacity to supply 5,460 ML of water over a 150-day delivery period on which the summer irrigation season is based. Additional water can be supplied by the scheme outside the irrigation season.
Water supplied in the irrigation district is sourced from the Mersey River at Great Bend under a surety 5 water licence. During periods of low river flows, the reliability of supply is underpinned by releases from Lake Parangana – a water storage owned and operated by Hydro Tasmania.
Water extracted from the Mersey River at Great Bend is pumped to a small reservoir and delivered throughout irrigation district by distribution pipelines connected to a mains system that previously supplied water to the Wesley Vale Pulp Mill.
Most parts of the irrigation district are supplied from the reservoir under gravity, with boost pumping required at three sites: the Sassafras Pump Station, Harford Pump Station and Northdown Pump Station.

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