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17th JULY - ALLOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT

Murrumbidgee Valley

Water allocation update for 2017-18

Allocations

Murrumbidgee general security allocation has increased by 3 per cent to 20 per cent of entitlement. Settling end of year data, plus some showers earlier this month which met some demands and reduced losses, helped to provide a small improvement in available resources.

Storage levels (as at 14 July)

  • Blowering Dam is 80 per cent full – steady - holding 1305,000 megalitres (ML)

  • Burrinjuck Dam is 63 per cent full - steady- holding 645,000 ML

    Climatic Outlook

    The Bureau of Meteorology seasonal outlook indicates that below average rainfall conditions over much of the Murrumbidgee valley are likely from July to September, with above average temperatures.

    Atmospheric and oceanic indicators used to measure the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) remain within neutral bounds, and similarly, the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) remains neutral. Therefore the Bureau’s ENSO Outlook is currently INACTIVE, with neither El Niño nor La Niña expected to influence Australia’s climate this year.

    Trade

    Water users can trade into the Murrumbidgee valley, but trade out of the Murrumbidgee valley is closed. Trade within the valley is open. Water users are encouraged to monitor the WaterNSW website at www.waternsw.com.au/customer-service/trading/murrumbidgee for information about the Murrumbidgee IVT account balance and status of trade.

    Next announcements
    The next allocation update for the Murrumbidgee valley will be on Tuesday 1 August 2017.

    An updated probability analysis showing likely improvement in water availability under different inflow scenarios, including the rocket diagram, will be issued again on Tuesday 15 August 2017. 


    NSW Murray and Lower Darling 

    Water allocation update

    Allocations

    NSW Murray general security allocation has increased by 2 per cent. It is now 13 per cent of entitlement for the 2017/18 water year. This small improvement is from the settlement of end of year trade and water usage data rather than from improved inflows. June was very dry with Murray inflows likely to be exceeded 94 in 100 years (94% Annual Exceedance Probability).

    This assessment is based on an average carryover of about 42 per cent, meaning that overall general security water availability is 55 per cent of entitlement. A final carryover volume will be available at the end of July, though no great change is expected.

    Upper Murray storage levels (as at 14 July 2017)

    • Dartmouth Dam is currently about 78 per cent full, holding 3,026,000 megalitres (ML).

    • Hume Dam is 73 per cent full, holding 2,199,000 ML.

      Climatic outlook

      The Bureau of Meteorology seasonal outlook indicates that below average rainfall conditions over much of the Murray valley are likely from July to September, with above average temperatures.

      Atmospheric and oceanic indicators used to measure the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) remain within neutral bounds, and similarly, the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) remains neutral. Therefore the Bureau’s ENSO Outlook is currently INACTIVE, with neither El Niño nor La Niña expected to influence Australia’s climate this year.

      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 protects existing downstream entitlement holders from the risk of delivery shortfall caused by the limited physical capacity of the Barmah choke.

      Water users are encouraged to monitor the 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.

      Trade into (and within) the Murrumbidgee Valley is open, but trade out of the Murrumbidgee Valley is closed. Water users are encouraged to monitor the WaterNSW website at http://www.waternsw.com.au/customer-service/trading/murrumbidgee for information about the Murrumbidgee IVT account balance and the current status of Murrumbidgee trade.

    Next announcements
    The next allocation update for the NSW Murray and Lower Darling valleys will be on Tuesday 1 August 2017.

    An updated probability analysis showing likely improvement in water availability under different inflow scenarios, including the rocket diagram, will be issued again on Tuesday 15 August 2017. 



1st July 2017 - Allocation Announcement

Opening allocations announced for Murrumbidgee regulated water users

DPI Water today announced opening available water determinations for water users in the Regulated Murrumbidgee water source for the 2017/18 water year, commencing 1 July 2017.

Regulated river high security water licence holders will have a commencing allocation of 0.95 megalitres per unit share of entitlement, while regulated general security licence holders will commence on 0.17 megalitres per unit share of entitlement.

Domestic and stock, local water utility and high security sub-categories (town water supply, research, community and education and Aboriginal cultural) water licence holders will receive an allocation of 100 per cent of entitlement.

Supplementary water access licence holders, including the supplementary (Lowbidgee) subcategory, will receive an allocation of 1 megalitre per unit share of entitlement.

Supplementary licence holders are reminded that they are only permitted to take supplementary water from this water source in accordance with announcements made by the DPI Water and the conditions of their access licence.

Regulated river (conveyance) access licence holders will receive an allocation of 0.17 megalitres per unit share of entitlement, while Murrumbidgee Irrigation (conveyance) will receive 0.6568 megalitres per unit share and Coleambally (conveyance) will receive 0.8584 megalitres per unit share.

Trade into, from and within the regulated Murrumbidgee Valley resumes as of today.

Daily updates relating to the current Murray / Murrumbidgee inter-valley trade (IVT) account balance and opening or closing triggers are available through the WaterNSW website at - www.waternsw.com.au/customer-service/trading/murrumbidgee.

Blowering Dam is currently holding 77 per cent of capacity, while Burrinjuck Dam is 62 per cent full.

The next water allocation announcement for the regulated Murrumbidgee Valley will be made on 17 July 2017. 


Opening allocations for NSW Murray Valley and Lower Darling water users

DPI Water today announced opening water allocations for licenced water users in the NSW Murray and Lower Darling regulated and unregulated water sources for the new 2017/18 water year, commencing 1 July 2017.

NSW Murray regulated river high security licence holders will commence on 0.97 megalitres per unit share of entitlement, while general security licence holders will receive 0.11 megalitres per unit share.

General security licence holders in the NSW Murray will have full access to water carried over from 2016/17, which is approximately 42 per cent on average.

Carryover in general security accounts, plus the sum of allocations in 2017/18, cannot exceed the account limit of 110 per cent of entitlement.

Local water utility, domestic and stock and high security sub-categories (town water supply, research, and community and education) water access licence holders in the NSW Murray regulated river will receive an allocation of 100 per cent of entitlement.

Supplementary water access licence holders will receive an allocation of 1 megalitre per unit share of entitlement. While regulated river (conveyance) access licence holders will receive an allocation of 0.5427 megalitres per unit share of entitlement.

Stock and domestic and local water utility water access licence holders in the Lower Darling regulated water source will receive 100 per cent of entitlement.

High security and supplementary licence holders will receive 1 megalitre per unit share of entitlement, while general security licence holders will also receive an allocation of 1 megalitre per unit share.

Licence holders are reminded that they are only permitted to take supplementary water from these water sources in accordance with announcements made by the Minister and the conditions of their access licence.

Licence holders in the Murray unregulated and alluvial water sources will receive an allocation of 100 per cent or 1 megalitre per unit share of entitlement.

Domestic and stock, unregulated river and aquifer access licence holders within the area covered by the Lower Murray-Darling unregulated and alluvial water sharing plan will also receive an allocation of 100 per cent or 1 megalitre per unit share of entitlement.

NSW Murray inter and intra valley trade will be in accordance with existing procedures and protocols, including no net trade downstream of the Barmah choke. The 2016/17 Murrumbidgee inter valley trade (IVT) account balance carries into the 2017/18 water year until this water is delivered to the Murray.