The South East Stage Three Irrigation Scheme commenced operations in September 2015 and services the Tea Tree, Campania, Orielton, Pawleena, Penna, Sorell and Forcett areas in South East Tasmania. Irrigation water is sourced from the River Derwent by TasWater and piped after treatment to an off-take on the western side of the river near Granton. Water is transported by Tasmanian Irrigation to the eastern side of the River Derwent via an underwater crossing and on to the irrigation district via 85km of pipeline.
There is a major pump station at Tea Tree Road and boost pumps at Shrub End Road and Table Hill. A 200 ML holding dam near Rekuna supports the reliability of supply when TasWater’s ability to supply the district is restricted. The Tranche Three South East Integration Project is focused on an alternate, reliable and cost-effective water source and the integration of South East Irrigation Schemes Stages One, Two and Three.