No Murray allocation
The NSW Murray Valley has started the new irrigation season with no general security water allocation.
It is one of two regional irrigation valleys to start with a zero per cent allocation, the other being the water trading region of Lower Darling.
The Murrumbidgee region has started the new year with a three per cent general security water allocation.
The Department of Industry announced opening 2018/19 water allocations for licensed water users on Sunday.
It specified that local water utility, stock and domestic and all high security subcategories (Class A) licence holders in the NSW Murray will start the year on full allocation.
High security licence holders received an allocation of 97 percent of entitlement.
While there was no general security allocation for Murray, the department said general security licence holders will have full access to water carried over from 2017/18 — which is about 30 percent (on average).
Licence holders in the NSW Murray unregulated and alluvial water sources receive an allocation of 100 per cent or one megalitre per unit share of entitlement.
In accordance with the NSW Murray and Lower Darling Water Sharing Plan, the Barmah-Millewa Forest Environmental Water Allowance has been borrowed in full to assist consumptive water users.
It will be repaid once general security allocations reach 30 percent of entitlement.
Trading water from above to below the Barmah Choke will continue to be restricted in 2018/19 but inter and intra valley trade in the regulated NSW Murray has resumed.