Small lift in al­lo­ca­tions

Shepparton News - Country News - - THE WEATHER YEAR THAT WAS -

Mar­ginal in­creases in wa­ter al­lo­ca­tions in north­ern Vic­to­ria were an­nounced last week.

North­ern Vic­to­ria re­source man­ager Mark Bai­ley an­nounced the Goul­burn and Lod­don sys­tems in­creased from 93 per cent high-re­li­a­bil­ity to 94 per cent.

The sea­sonal de­ter­mi­na­tion in the Bro­ken sys­tem in­creased from 30 per cent to 32 per cent.

The Mur­ray and Cam­paspe sys­tems re­main at 100 per cent, and the Bulla­rook sys­tem re­mains at 100 per cent and 100 per cent of low-re­li­a­bil­ity wa­ter shares.

Dr Bai­ley said there was only a small wa­ter avail­abil­ity im­prove­ment.

‘‘Con­di­tions have been hot and dry since the last as­sess­ment, with no rain to pro­vide an im­me­di­ate boost to re­source avail­abil­ity,’’ he said.

‘‘How­ever, the flows into the stor­ages from the rain in De­cem­ber de­clined more slowly than an­tic­i­pated and pro­vided a small vol­ume of ad­di­tional re­source to al­lo­cate.’’

Dr Bai­ley said cli­mate out­looks for rain­fall favoured slightly drier con­di­tions.

‘‘The lat­est Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy sea­sonal out­look in­di­cates be­low av­er­age rain­fall is more likely dur­ing the Jan­uary to March pe­riod,’’ Dr Bai­ley said.

‘‘The bureau has is­sued an El Nin˜ o alert. While tem­per­a­tures in the trop­i­cal Pa­cific Ocean are above El Nin˜ o thresh­olds, con­di­tions in the at­mos­phere are not con­sis­tent with an El Nin˜ o.

‘‘Based on the Pa­cific Ocean in­di­ca­tors, it would be un­usual but not im­pos­si­ble for an El Nin˜ o to form dur­ing the sum­mer months.’’

Dr Bai­ley urged wa­ter users to con­tinue plan­ning their wa­ter needs care­fully.

‘‘Web­sites such as the Re­source Man­ager (, the Vic­to­rian Wa­ter Reg­is­ter (www.wa­ter­reg­is­ter.vic. and the Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin Au­thor­ity ( pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about wa­ter trends and avail­abil­ity, which can help users plan their use,’’ he said.

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