Free water pump demo

Fish-friendly diversion screen. PICTURE: SUPPLIED

Landholders living in and around Broken Hill are invited to attend a fish-friendly screens demonstration field day.

The field day, organised for March 17, aims to teach property owners about the new technology and provide an opportunity to hear from early adopters, industry experts and manufacturers.

Western Local Land Services (WLLS) encourages landholders to participate in the free event.

Senior Land Services Officer, Kaye Gottschutzke, is encouraging landholders, irrigation specialists and the fishing community to register to help gain a better understanding of the equipment’s benefits.

“Diversion screen technology is gaining traction in Australia, and for a good reason, with users saving water, time and as a result money, while fish and other aquatic life are staying in the river where they belong,” she said.


“The field day will include presentations from a number of experts and screen suppliers and provide the opportunity to discuss individual pump system needs with the experts.”

Fish-friendly diversion screens are designed to save farm businesses water, time and money while protecting the pump from clogging.

This intends to minimise wear and tear and reduce the amount of time required for pump shutdown to clean secondary filters.

The screens are expected to contribute to the river system’s health by preventing native fish, larvae and eggs, and other aquatic creatures from entering the pump.

Landholders in NSW will also register their interest in the ‘Screening our Streams’ project, which Western Local Land Services coordinates.

This project will provide funding support for installing a fish-friendly diversion screen.

“With several screen types available and different requirements for each pump system, landholders can use this opportunity to research cost and suitability ready to apply through the Screening our Streams project,” Ms Gottschutzke said.

Interested landholders are required to RSVP for COVID-19 and catering purposes.

To register, contact Kaye Gottschutzke on 0429 981 331 or [email protected].

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