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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 87 per cent for 2019-20.

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
  • 50 per cent on 1 August
  • 68 per cent on 15 August
  • 74 per cent on 2 September
  • 81 per cent on 16 September.

The increased allocation is based on the latest water availability advice from the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

The seasonal outlook from October to December indicates that it is likely to be drier than average with warmer temperatures.

According to the projections, unless improvements in water availability for the remainder of 2019-20 are worse than for any year in the last 30, water allocations are likely to get to 100 per cent by the end of the water year.

 As at 1 October 2019, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority controlled storages have decreased to 44 per cent capacity since the last water allocation announcement two weeks ago.

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 15 October 2019.

Private carryover has been granted to eligible entitlement holders. This allowed eligible unused water from 2018-19 to be carried over for use in 2019-20. Private carryover is a form of insurance and it is currently boosting allocations of water users who elected to carry water over this year. The total allocation against your entitlement plus any carryover cannot exceed 100 per cent. These rules are reflected in the volume of water available to account holders following each allocation announcement. Further information is available in this private carryover video.

South Australia's River Murray Water Allocation Statement

South Australia's River Murray Water Allocation Statement was updated on 1 October 2019, providing River Murray irrigators with information to help plan for the 2019-20 water year.

It provides information on South Australia's entitlement, minimum 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 in that year.

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