Water allocations and announcements

Water Allocations

Water Allocations 2016-17

Recent improvements to South Australia's share of the Murray-Darling Basin water resource have enabled water allocations to increase from 89 per cent to 100 per cent for South Australian River Murray water access entitlement holders (Class 3a, 3b, 4, 7 and 8).

Further river information will also be available in the River Murray Flow Report.

How water was allocated in 2016-17

Water Allocation Statement - 29 July 2016

Frequently asked questions - 1 July 2016

Frequently asked questions (superseded) - 28 April 2016

Minimum allocations reflect very dry conditions and low inflows - 28 April 2016

To view previous water allocation announcements, visit the Historical Water Allocation page.

Private Carryover 2017-18

Due to the forecast risk of spill in Dartmouth during 2017-18 being greater than 10%, South Australian River Murray private carryover will not be granted in 2017-18. This is in-line with the private carryover policy.

More information on private carryover

Private Carryover 2016-17

Eligible South Australian River Murray water access entitlement holders were granted private carryover in 2016-17.

River Murray Water Allocation Framework 2016-17

The objective of River Murray Water Allocation Framework is to optimise the allocation and use of water that becomes available to South Australia to support the long-term sustainability and viability of the South Australian community for the greatest net benefit of the whole community.

The Framework applies to South Australia’s 1850 gigalitres (GL) Entitlement Flow only and excludes unregulated flow, as this flow remains in the river for the environment.

Access the 2016-17 South Australian River Murray Water Allocation Framework.

The Adelaide Desalination Plant (ADP) Cost Benefit Study

The independent cost-benefit study, undertaken by Marsden Jacobs Associate, is now available online.

Water Resources Update

The Murray-Darling Basin Water Resources Update provides information on:

  • recent inflows to the Basin
  • volume of water in storage (Murray-Darling Basin Authority controlled)
  • Bureau of Meteorology’s three month weather outlook.

Access the latest Water Resources Update

River Murray Flow Reports

For more information about River Murray operations and water resource conditions please refer to the weekly River Murray Flow Reports.

Historical Water Allocations

During the Millennium Drought, it was necessary to place restrictions on water allocations to share, conserve and manage the restricted volume of water available to South Australia. 

Water restrictions that have applied to South Australian Water Access Entitlement Holders in the past are summarised in a table showing the monthly water allocations since July 2002.

What is a water announcement?

A water announcement is information that is reasonably likely to have a material effect on the price or value of a Murray-Darling Basin water access right. Water announcements are defined in section 12.49 of the Basin Plan 2012 water trading rules and include:

  • allocation announcements
  • private carryover  announcements
  • any other public announcement from the Minister that may have a material effect on the price or value of a water access right.

The South Australian Minister publishes water announcements in the South Australian Government Gazette and in a media release that is uploaded on the DEWNR website. Plans are underway to provide water announcements via an SMS message to registered users by 2017-18. Updates on this initiative will be provided on this page.