Farmers have been urged to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity to police following vandalism to a Goulburn-Murray Water channel in Stanhope recently.
Central Goulburn Water Services Committee chair Peter Hacon said customers needed to be alert.
‘‘I urge all G-MW customers to be vigilant in relation to G-MW infrastructure and report suspicious activity to police as this sort of damage incurred (on March 25) will directly affect farmers,’’ Mr Hacon said.
More than $70000 of damage was caused by vandals, and G-MW head of customer service and operations Daniel Irwin said the site was forced to be run manually to ensure farmers didn’t experience any disruptions.
‘‘We’re extremely disappointed by the damage,’’ Mr Irwin said.
‘‘This is one of our major channels, used by hundreds of farmers.
‘‘In total there was one seven-bay regulator, one off-take and four irrigation outlets damaged.
‘‘These are all important parts of our delivery network and are needed to get water to our customers when they need it.’’
Anyone with information about the damage is asked to phone the Echuca Criminal Investigation Unit on 54831500.