SA irrigators get more flows
River Murray Irrigators in South Australia have been granted increased water allocations despite ongoing drought.
SA’s Department of Environment and Water has set allocations for the current year at 94 per cent of entitlements, with another review planned in two weeks.
The department says there has been a 50 gigalitre improvement in water available to local irrigators from better inflows to the Hume and Dartmouth reservoirs.
However, water storages controlled by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority are stuck at half the average levels for October, at 41 per cent.
SA’s Water Delivery Manager Jarrod Eaton says that state’s irrigators are on track to receive full water allocations for the 2019/20 year, but there may be cuts the following year.
“Below-average rainfall and above-average temperatures are forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology over the next few months,” he said.
“With current low levels of water in storage and low inflows likely over the rest of spring and into early summer, water availability remains likely to be limited heading into the 2020/21 water year.”
Another allocation update will be released on November 15.