Water managment, water markets

Murrumbidgee Valley Water allocation update for 2017-18

17 July 2017

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.

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