National water use is on the rise
THE BUREAU of Meteorology has released the latest National Water Account (NWA) which covers the 2016-17 financial year.
The NWA shows that total water use across all regions was 14,794 GL, almost 15 per cent more than the previous financial year.
Total water allocation was 20,974 GL, almost 20 per cent higher than the previous financial year.
Wetter conditions than what was experienced in 2015-16 led to improved storage volumes in most regions, with the majority of Australia’s water use focused on irrigation and agricultural purposes.
Total water used from the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) system across the 2016-17 financial year was 11,233 GL, more than 20 per cent higher than 2015-16.
The increase reflected the higher availability of water and wetter conditions across the region.
It was also the first time since 2012 that storage volumes had increased in the Murray-Darling Basin
The report shows that at the end of the 2016-17 financial year, the MDB system was at 69 per cent of its capacity, compared to 39 per cent the last year.
This is the first time in five years volume in the basin has increased.
NWA reports cover regional catchment systems including the Northern Australia region accounts (Burdekin, Daly and Ord river catchments); urban region accounts for Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, southeast Queensland and Sydney; the Murray-Darling Basin; and the Fitzroy region pilot account.
To see regional reports, go to www.bom.gov.au/ water/nwa/2017.
The 2017-18 NWA will be released progressively in the next financial year.