Water

Allocations increased

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October 14, 2017

Allocations for irrigators in the Murray, Goulburn and Loddon systems have been increased by the northern Victorian resource manager.

Allocations for irrigators in the Murray, Goulburn and Loddon systems have been increased by the northern Victorian resource manager.

The Murray system was increased from 98 per cent to 100 per cent of high-reliability water shares.

The Goulburn system was increased from 71 per cent to 81 per cent.

The Broken system increased from 36 per cent to 41 per cent HRWS.

Resource manager Mark Bailey said flows into the major storages continued to increase water resource availability across northern Victoria, despite low rainfall in September.

‘‘The Goulburn system benefited most from flows in the storages over the past fortnight,’’ Dr Bailey said.

‘‘Storage volume improvements were smaller in the other systems due to low rainfall totals.”

With the Murray system’s seasonal determination reaching 100 per cent HRWS, the resource manager will start repaying water borrowed from the Barmah Forest account.

‘‘Water was borrowed from the Barmah Forest to improve early seasonal determinations for high-reliability water shares,’’ Dr Bailey said.

‘‘Low-reliability water share assessments for the Murray system will start when all the borrowed water in the Murray system is repaid. The remaining balance is 160Gl.’’

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