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Water allocations 2019-20

South Australian irrigators will receive a 100 per cent water allocation in 2019-20.

Previously projected water allocations during 2019-20 were:

  • 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
  • 87 per cent on 1 October
  • 87 per cent on 15 October
  • 94 per cent on 1 November
  • 100 per cent on 15 November 2019.  

Water allocations are based on the latest water availability advice from the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

The seasonal outlook from December 2019 to February 2020 indicates that it is likely to be drier than average with warmer temperatures. Rainfall is likely to be below average in November (end of spring), with a chance that some parts of the Basin could receive average rainfall by January (mid-summer).

As at 14 November 2019, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority controlled storages are holding 41 per cent capacity (compared to November long-term average of 79 per cent).  

South Australia's River Murray Water Allocation Statement

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

As Class 3 water access entitlements have reached a 100 per cent water allocation for 2019-20, this will be the last update relating to irrigation allocations for the 2019-20 water year.

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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