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3rd OCTOBER 2017 - ALLOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT

Murrumbidgee Valley Water allocation update

There is no increase in Murrumbidgee general security allocations at this time. They remain unchanged at 33 per cent of entitlement.

Rainfall has been patchy and dry weather conditions have prevailed across the upper catchments over the past two weeks. As a result, there is no improvement in water availability.

With general security allocation plus carryover having reached 60 per cent, the next available water is to be allocated to the environmental water account (EWA1) and the provisional storage volume account (PSV1), some 50,000 and 25,000 megalitres respectively, in accordance with the water sharing plan rules. Subsequent available water can then be allocated to general security entitlements.

Storage levels (as at 28 September)

  • Blowering Dam is 78 per cent full – falling – holding 1,285,000 megalitres (ML).

  • Burrinjuck Dam is 62 per cent full – steady – holding 635,000 ML.

Climatic outlook

The Bureau of Meteorology’s three month seasonal outlook for October to December indicates generally average rainfall conditions are likely in the valley, with October likely to be wetter than average. Average temperatures are generally likely in October and November, with the western portion of the valley more likely to experience below average temperatures in October.

Climate influences include a drier signal from the Indian Ocean counteracted by a wetter influence from the Pacific. This means an equal chance of wetter or drier than average conditions across Australia for the three months.

Trade

All Murrumbidgee Valley trade is open. Water users are encouraged to monitor the WaterNSW website at - http://www.waternsw.com.au/customer-service/trading/murrumbidgee - for information regarding the Murrumbidgee inter-valley trade (IVT) account balance and closure triggers.

Next announcement

The next allocation update for the Murrumbidgee Valley will be on Monday 16 October 2017.


NSW Murray and Lower Darling Water allocation update

NSW Murray general security allocation has increased by 1 per cent to 29 per cent of entitlement, with a commensurate increase in allocation to conveyance entitlements. Although it has been mostly dry, showers in September, coupled with better than expected tributary inflow recessions, have contributed to this improvement.

Carryover in accounts has been revised upward by 40 GL to 730 GL, an average of 44 per cent of general security entitlement. Incorrect system debiting of supplementary usage from some general security accounts was found, which meant that these account balances were too low and carryover was underestimated. With the correction it means that overall general security water availability is 73 per cent of entitlement in the valley.

Water users are reminded that repayment of the borrowed Barmah-Millewa environmental water allowance, some 177,000 megalitres (ML), will commence when general security allocations reach 30 per cent of entitlement.

Upper Murray storage levels (as at 28 September 2017)

  • Dartmouth Dam is 84 per cent full – rising – holding 3,244,000 megalitres (ML).

  • Hume Dam is 91 per cent full – steady – holding 2,736,000 ML.

Climatic outlook

The Bureau of Meteorology’s three month seasonal outlook for October to December indicates generally average rainfall conditions are likely in the valley, with October likely to be wetter than average. Average temperatures are generally likely in October and November, with the western portion of the valley more likely to experience below average temperatures in October.

Climate influences include a drier signal from the Indian Ocean, counteracted by a wetter influence from the Pacific. This means an equal chance of wetter or drier than average conditions across Australia for the three months.

Trade
In the Murray, trade across the Barmah choke remains restricted to ‘no net trade downstream’.

Downstream trade opens automatically to the extent of the volume of any upstream trade.

The trade restriction helps to protect existing downstream entitlement holders from an increased risk of delivery shortfall caused by the limited physical capacity of the Barmah choke.

Water users are encouraged to monitor the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) website at -

http://www.mdba.gov.au/managing-water/water-markets-trade/interstate-water-trade/barmah- choke-trade-balance - for information about the trade balance and status of trade.

Lower Darling water source trade is open, including inter-valley trade.

All Murrumbidgee Valley trade is also open. Water users are encouraged to monitor the WaterNSW website at - http://www.waternsw.com.au/customer-service/trading/murrumbidgee - for information about the Murrumbidgee inter-valley trade (IVT) account balance and closure triggers.

Next announcement

The next allocation update for the NSW Murray and Lower Darling valleys will be on Monday 16 October 2017. 

 


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