The Swan Valley Irrigation Scheme commenced operations in January 2018 and services an area from Cranbrook in the north and branches to Swansea in the south. Water is pumped from the Swan River during winter and stored in Melrose Dam.
Summer flood pumping to underpin reliability is undertaken when appropriate. During the summer irrigation season, water is released from Melrose Dam and distributed to irrigators via 37km of pipeline. The Swan River Pump Station will also boost water to the distribution pipeline during the irrigation season.