Wa­ter al­lo­ca­tions lift

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Wa­ter al­lo­ca­tions for north­ern Vic­to­ria have been in­creased for the Goul­burn, Mur­ray and Lod­don sys­tems.

The Mur­ray sys­tem has in­creased from 90 per cent to 98 per cent of high-re­li­a­bil­ity wa­ter shares.

The Goul­burn sys­tem and the Lod­don sys­tem both in­creased from 60 per cent to 71 per cent HRWS, while the Bro­ken sys­tem in­creased from 27 per cent to 36 per cent HRWS.

The low-re­li­a­bil­ity wa­ter share sea­sonal de­ter­mi­na­tion in the Cam­paspe sys­tem in­creased from seven per cent to 16 per cent.

The sea­sonal de­ter­mi­na­tion in the Bulla­rook sys­tem is un­changed at 100 per cent HRWS and 100 per cent LRWS.

North­ern Vic­to­rian re­source man­ager Mark Bai­ley said flows into the ma­jor stor­ages con­tin­ued to in­crease wa­ter re­source avail­abil­ity across the re­gion.

‘‘The wet catch­ments are pro­duc­ing use­ful flows af­ter rain,’’ Dr Bai­ley said.

‘‘The in­creased sea­sonal de­ter­mi­na­tions an­nounced (last week) have come from the steady im­prove­ment in stor­age vol­umes.’’

Dr Bai­ley said Vic­to­ria could not store all the flows into its share of Lake Hume dur­ing Au­gust.

‘‘Vic­to­ria’s share of Lake Hume filled in late Au­gust and 23 Gl of flow into the reser­voir could not be stored.’’

He said about 10 per cent of the spill­able vol­ume would be de­ducted pro­por­tion­ally from Mur­ray sys­tem spill­able wa­ter ac­counts and en­vi­ron­men­tal wa­ter ac­counts.

‘‘Fur­ther de­duc­tions from Mur­ray sys­tem spill­able wa­ter ac­counts and en­vi­ron­men­tal wa­ter ac­counts are pos­si­ble this sea­son.’’

Goul­burn-Mur­ray Wa­ter man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Pat Len­non said all signs pointed to an op­ti­mistic outlook for at least the next few months for cus­tomers.

‘‘This is par­tic­u­larly the case for ir­ri­ga­tors right across the Goul­burn Mur­ray Ir­ri­ga­tion Dis­trict,’’ Mr Len­non said.

‘‘In the weeks lead­ing up to the re-opening of the ir­ri­ga­tion sea­son on Au­gust 15, and af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dry mid-win­ter con­di­tions, we were ex­pect­ing to re­ceive many re­quests from our farm­ing cus­tomers want­ing to place wa­ter or­ders.

‘‘How­ever with re­cent rain­fall across the GMID — im­pact­ing pos­i­tively on all our ir­ri­ga­tion dis­tricts — many cus­tomers are able to de­lay dip­ping into their wa­ter al­lo­ca­tions un­til later.

‘‘This cur­rent low de­mand for wa­ter makes for a great start to the ir­ri­ga­tion sea­son.’’

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