Minimum water allocations in 2020-21 for South Australian Class 3 (High Security) and Class 8 entitlement holders reached 100 per cent from 17 August 2020. This has risen from 81 per cent previously announced on 3 August 2020.
Private carryover was made available for eligible water users in the 2020-21 water year. This means that they were able to carryover their available allocation volumes that were not used by the end of the 2019-20 water year, up to 20 per cent of the volume of their Class 3 (High Security) entitlement.
The existing 100 per cent limit on the combined allocation and carryover volumes granted under Class 3 (High Security) entitlements continues to apply in 2020-21.
Under a rule change that came into effect on 1 July 2020, allocation volumes that would take an account above the 100 per cent limit in 2020-21 will be ‘rolled over’ into 2021-22.
Rollover volumes will only be available if the minimum opening allocation announced in April 2021 is 50 per cent or less, triggering carryover for 2021-22.
Now that allocations have reached 100 per cent this limit has been reached for all water users. Any part of an allocation increase that would have taken a water user above 100 per cent will now go into a rollover account.
South Australia’s River Murray Water Allocation Statements
Now that allocations for 2020-21 have reached 100 per cent, water allocation statements will no longer be issued relating to the 2020-21 water year.
Murray-Darling Basin rainfall outlook
The Bureau of Meteorology’s rainfall outlook across the Murray-Darling Basin can be found on the Bureau of Meteorology’s website.
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