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Water compliance reporting

The department is responsible for managing South Australia’s water resources for the future. This includes monitoring water users who take and use water from prescribed and non-prescribed water sources such as a dam, bore, stream, river or creek to ensure they are meeting their legal obligations.

The department is required to report on any water use compliance breaches as part of the National framework for compliance and enforcement systems for water resource management.

Water compliance activities conducted in 2017 - 2018

The table below details a summary of compliance actions and targeted water compliance operations conducted in 2017-18:

Proposed Targeted Water Compliance Activities for 2018-19

Proposed targeted water compliance operations for the 2018-19 water use year (not part of the annual meter reading program) include the following:

Within the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Region:

  • Site inspections of unmetered water instruments in the River Murray Prescribed Watercourse (PWC)
  • Audit of unmetered water instruments in the Marne Saunders Prescribed Wells Area (PWA)
  • Audit of unmetered water instruments in the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges Prescribed Water Resources Area (PWRA)
  • Analysis of meter self-reads in the River Murray PWC
  • Education activity to increase awareness of licensing options for on farm irrigation activities in the Mallee PWA

Outside of the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Region:

  • Inspection of the integrity of existing installed meters in the Lower Limestone Coast PWA
  • Inspection of the integrity of existing installed meters in the Northern Adelaide Plains PWA
  • Audit of unmetered water instruments in the Northern Adelaide Plains PWA
  • Inspection of deferred meters within the Western Mount Lofty Ranges PWRA
  • Audit of spring fed dams within the Western Mount Lofty Ranges PWRA

Previous years' reports

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