Bendigo water brokers H2OX say the wet end to 2017 resulted in irrigation use dropping by an estimated 40 per cent, for the Victorian Murray and Murrumbidgee systems
The rain offset the dry start to spring, but more was now needed to top up catchments, H20X Business Development Manager Craig Feuerherdt said.
“Some of that rain helped irrigators to the order of one or two megalitres. That’s a big saving when it falls out of the sky for nothing,” Mr Feuerherdt said.
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