Issued 10:00am 15 March 2013
This supersedes the previous flow report issued by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) on 8 March 2013. The next flow report will be provided on Friday, 22 March 2013.
In this report, for ease of representation, large volumes of water are expressed in gigalitres (GL), while smaller volumes are expressed in megalitres (ML). One GL is equal to 1,000 ML.
Water resource update
During February 2013, the total River Murray System inflow was approximately 90 GL, which is well below the long‐term February average of around 190 GL. Inflow to Menindee Lakes during February 2013 was 0 GL with the long‐term average for February around 125 GL.
The total flow to South Australia during February 2013 was approximately 250 GL (including approximately 50 GL of environmental water), compared with 610 GL during February 2012. The flow to South Australia currently comprises the March Entitlement Flow and water provided through the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder. The volume of environmental water being delivered during March 2013 will be approximately 80 GL.
The major Murray‐Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) controlled storages are holding around 69 per cent capacity. This will support the delivery of large volumes of water for irrigation and environmental purposes throughout autumn, particularly under ongoing dry conditions.
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