Al­lo­ca­tions in­creased

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Al­lo­ca­tions for ir­ri­ga­tors in the Mur­ray, Goul­burn and Lod­don sys­tems have been in­creased by the north­ern Vic­to­rian re­source man­ager.

The Mur­ray sys­tem was in­creased from 98 per cent to 100 per cent of high-re­li­a­bil­ity wa­ter shares.

The Goul­burn sys­tem was in­creased from 71 per cent to 81 per cent.

The Bro­ken sys­tem in­creased from 36 per cent to 41 per cent HRWS.

Re­source man­ager Mark Bai­ley said flows into the ma­jor stor­ages con­tin­ued to in­crease wa­ter re­source avail­abil­ity across north­ern Vic­to­ria, de­spite low rain­fall in Septem­ber.

‘‘The Goul­burn sys­tem ben­e­fited most from flows in the stor­ages over the past fort­night,’’ Dr Bai­ley said.

‘‘Stor­age vol­ume im­prove­ments were smaller in the other sys­tems due to low rain­fall to­tals.”

With the Mur­ray sys­tem’s sea­sonal de­ter­mi­na­tion reach­ing 100 per cent HRWS, the re­source man­ager will start re­pay­ing wa­ter bor­rowed from the Barmah For­est ac­count.

‘‘Wa­ter was bor­rowed from the Barmah For­est to im­prove early sea­sonal de­ter­mi­na­tions for high-re­li­a­bil­ity wa­ter shares,’’ Dr Bai­ley said.

‘‘Low-re­li­a­bil­ity wa­ter share as­sess­ments for the Mur­ray sys­tem will start when all the bor­rowed wa­ter in the Mur­ray sys­tem is re­paid. The re­main­ing bal­ance is 160 Gl.’’

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