Southern Rural Water has announced a 35% allocation against
SRW records show a lower than average inflow to storages throughout 2018. Lake Glenmaggie is currently at 72% capacity, which means SRW has not been able to offer spill entitlement this season, assessed annually on 15 December.
Acting Manager Water Supply East, Gavin Prior said that although the district benefited from recent rainfall, there was little run-off from the upper Macalister catchment to Lake Glenmaggie.
“Inflows have been low, and insufficient to keep up with demand from customers,” he said. After a dry start to the season, MID irrigators are estimated to have used 40% of their allocation. “Having
Lake Glenmaggie is one of the most reliable storages in Australia, with a catchment five times the size of the Thomson Dam, while being only one-quarter the size of the Thomson. It fills and delivers spill entitlement to MID on average nine years out of every 10. The last time Glenmaggie did not spill was 2006.
SRW will review water allocation fortnightly for the remainder of the season and the
There is an online auction for 2018-19 MID water, starting from
Bidders need to register on the online system
For more information, please call 1300 139 510.