Water managment

Murray Darling Basin plan exceeds southern target by 38,600ML

12 October 2017

THE  Murray Darling Basin plan is on track to over-recover 38,600 megalitres of water from irrigators, worth ­almost $130 million.

It is the outcome of the MDB Authority’s work on ­reducing the 2289GL clawback of water for the environment from the southern basin’s irrigation communities, by using this water more efficiently.

The Commonwealth and states have put a series of water savings, efficiency, storage and river management projects on the table, which allow the Basin Plan environmental outcomes to be reached with less water.

The MDBA’s draft analysis of these projects shows they would deliver 605GL of savings and efficiency gains, ­reducing the target volume of water needed for the environment in the southern-basin from 2289GL to 1684GL.

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