Rising Murray ensures full supply for irrigators


Rising Murray ensures full supply for irrigators

Updated March 28, 2012 09:11:30

Irrigators along the Murray in South Australia will get their full water entitlements for the second year in a row.

The SA Government said the 100 per cent opening allocation was possible due to high water volumes in upstream storages.

It follows a confirmation by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority that SA will receive its full 1,850-gigalitre entitlement during the next financial year.

SA Water Minister Paul Caica said the early announcement on allocations will give certainty to water users.

“Given the current conditions, SA is prevented from deferring and storing entitlement flow for carryover under the Murray-Darling Basin Agreement, therefore there will be no ability to carryover water into the 2012-13 water year,” he said.

“However given irrigators will have a 100 per cent of their allocation, they should have enough water to meet their normal production without the need to use carryover.”

Regulator delay

A $40 million environmental construction project in the Riverland is facing more delays because of the rising River Murray.

A regulator of 12 concrete piers has been under construction for more than two years at the internationally-recognised Chowilla floodplain, north of Renmark.

The regulator will give authorities the ability to secure the site’s future health by preventing water from flowing back into the Murray.

That will ensure it builds up and spreads across a wider area of the floodplain.

Higher Murray flows inundated the area in September 2010 and stopped construction for about 16 months.

The work resumed in January, but the rising river level has again put work on hold.

SA Water says construction cannot resume until the flow drops to 45,000 megalitres per day.

Daily flows are currently about 10,000 megalitres above that across the SA border.

Topics:murray-darling-basin, rivers, water-supply, water-management, water, wetlands, environment, irrigation, rural, states-and-territories, government-and-politics, renmark-5341, goolwa-5214, sa

First posted March 28, 2012 08:46:00

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