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Water allocations 2019-20

Minimum water allocations for year ahead

The minimum water allocation for South Australian irrigators has risen to 68 per cent for 2019-20.

Based on recent rainfall and water availability data, this is up from previously projected water allocations of: 14 per cent in April; 22 per cent in May; 26 per cent in June; 31 per cent on 1 July; 38 per cent on 15 July and 50 per cent on 1 August.

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 41 per cent of capacity and slowly increasing.

An assessment of the likelihood of increased irrigation allocations currently indicates allocations will continue to rise in the 2019-20 water year.

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 that water allocations are likely to reach 100 per cent in 2019-20 under all inflow scenarios.

Water users will be provided with water allocation updates twice a month reflecting any improved water availability while water allocations remain under 100 per cent. The next update will be on 2 September.

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 per cent of a user's entitlement.

South Australia's River Murray Water Allocation Statement

South Australia's River Murray Water Allocation Statement was updated on 15 August, 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 per cent water allocation in 2018-19 and private carryover was not available. 

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