Low Murray Basin water inflows and allocations

Jeremy Giddings, Irrigation Development Officer, NSW DPI

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority has indicated that in-flows into the river system are at low levels. The whole of basin storage is at 44% capacity.

This is roughly 20% less than at the same time last year and similar to the same time in 2003, which was the start of an extremely dry period. The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a strong El Nino, which is associated with the increased probability of dry conditions over eastern Australia, over the coming year.

Growers are recommended to seek updated information from their local water authority. There is generally enough water storage to meet high security needs this season, however, if significant inflows are not received next winter and spring there could be an impact on allocations next season.

NSW DPI is in the process of updating the Primefact 'Managing citrus orchards with less water', incorporating the latest research as well as experience and case studies from the previous drought period.

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