High al­lo­ca­tions for Lod­don ground­wa­ter

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Goul­burn-Mur­ray Wa­ter has an­nounced a max­i­mum an­nual al­lo­ca­tion of 100 per cent for all Mid-Lod­don Ground­wa­ter Man­age­ment Area cus­tomers for the 2018-19 sea­son.

‘‘This pro­vides some cer­tainty to cus­tomers re­ly­ing on al­lo­ca­tions for the 2018-19 irrigation sea­son,’’ G-MW cus­tomer op­er­a­tions gen­eral man­ager Scott Bar­ber said.

The Mid-Lod­don Ground­wa­ter Man­age­ment Area ex­tends from Moolort in the south to Calivil and Mi­ti­amo in the north, in­cor­po­rat­ing the towns of New­bridge, Bridgewater, Ray­wood and Ser­pen­tine.

The al­lo­ca­tions are de­ter­mined in ac­cor­dance with the Mid-Lod­don Ground­wa­ter Man­age­ment Area Lo­cal Man­age­ment Rules, which were en­dorsed by Goul­burn-Mur­ray Wa­ter in 2009.

Mean­while, in the Lod­don High­lands Wa­ter Sup­ply Pro­tec­tion Area al­lo­ca­tions have been an­nounced, vary­ing be­tween 75 and 100 per cent, based on the Au­gust ground­wa­ter read­ings.

The Lod­don High­lands Wa­ter Sup­ply Pro­tec­tion Area ex­tends from New­lyn, Learmonth and Waubra in the south to Mary­bor­ough and Dunolly in the north.

There are about 170 li­censed ground­wa­ter users in the Lod­don High­lands WSPA.

Mr Bar­ber said al­lo­ca­tions were de­ter­mined in ac­cor­dance with the Lod­don High­lands Wa­ter Sup­ply Pro­tec­tion Area Ground­wa­ter Man­age­ment Plan, which was ap­proved by the Vic­to­rian Wa­ter Min­is­ter in No­vem­ber 2012.

‘‘G-MW will con­tinue to mon­i­tor ground­wa­ter lev­els dur­ing spring and ad­vise if there is suf­fi­cient re­cov­ery to fur­ther in­crease al­lo­ca­tions in the Blampied or New­lyn Zones,’’ he said.

‘‘Cus­tomers will re­ceive a let­ter no­ti­fy­ing them of any in­crease in al­lo­ca­tions.’’ ■ For more in­for­ma­tion about ground­wa­ter re­sources, in­clud­ing a copy of the Ground­wa­ter Man­age­ment Plan, phone G-MW on 1800 013 357 or visit the web­site: www.gmwa­ter.com.au have been an­nounced.

Crunch­ing the num­bers . . . Al­lo­ca­tions for ground­wa­ter pump­ing in the Lod­don area

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