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Water allocations 2019-20

Minimum opening water allocations for year ahead

The minimum water allocation for South Australian irrigators has risen to 38 percent for 2019-20.

Based on recent rainfall and water availability data, this is up from previously projected water allocations of 14 percent in April, 22 percent in May, 26 percent in June and 31 percent on 1 July.

After two consecutive years with low rainfall and inflows across the Murray-Darling Basin, the volume of water in Murray-Darling Basin Authority controlled storages is around 38 per cent of capacity and slowly increasing.

Given that we have reached winter in-flow season, we will continue to monitor resources conditions closely with the aim of increasing water allocations for the remainder of 2019 and into 2020.

Based on historical climate variability across the last 30 years, water availability projections indicate a 90 percent likelihood that in 2019-20:

  • under extreme dry conditions allocations are likely to get to at least 79 percent;
  • under very dry conditions allocations are likely to get to at least 97 percent; and
  • under dry conditions allocations are likely get to 100 percent.

The next update will be on 1 August. Water users will be provided with water allocation updates twice a month reflecting any improved water availability while water allocations remain under 100 percent.

To help support irrigators, this private carryover video explains how any unused water from 2018-19 can be carried over for use in 2019-20, up to 20 percent of a user's entitlement.

South Australia's River Murray Water Allocation Statement

South Australia's River Murray Water Allocation Statement has been updated on 15 July, providing River Murray irrigators with information to help plan for the 2019-20 water year.

It provides information on South Australia's entitlement, minimum opening allocations, private carryover, water held in storage, climate outlook and projections of irrigation allocations under a range of scenarios.

The publication of River Murray water allocation statements is part of the South Australian Government's commitment to giving greater support to River Murray irrigators to help them in their forward planning.

Previous water allocation announcements

South Australia's River Murray water access entitlement holders received a 100 percent water allocation in 2018-19 and private carryover was not available.



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