Macalister Irrigation District (MID)
Above average storage levels in Lake Glenmaggie due to recent rainfall in the catchment have allowed Southern Rural Water (SRW) to announce an opening allocation of 100% for the Macalister Irrigation District.
The storage is currently 79% full holding 140,000 megalitres (ML). “SRW is managing Lake Glenmaggie levels with the objective of having the storage at full supply when irrigators most need it, while maintaining dam safety,” said Matt Cook, Acting Manager Water Supply – East.
The drought reserve held by SRW in the Thomson Dam is currently holding 41,500 ML. “The reserve supports the opening allocation and underpins the security for MID customers to plan their water budget for the season ahead,” he said.
As the opening allocation is 100%, the next allocation review will be at the end of the spill period on 15 December 2021.
Werribee Irrigation District (WID) and Bacchus Marsh Irrigation District (BMID)
Pykes Creek and Melton Reservoir are both at 100% capacity, following good rainfall and inflows in the west.
The 2020-21 WID and BMID season finished with 100% allocation across both high and low reliability water shares.
Acting Manager Water Supply – West, Bart Keogh said the opening allocation for 2021-22 in the WID and BMID will be 95% of high reliability water shares based on storage levels and carryover volumes.
Customers currently hold 11,500 ML of carryover in the system as part of their entitlement.
“Many customers have taken advantage of carryover to ensure security for the coming season,” Bart said.
The starting groundwater allocation for Deutgam is 50%. Allocations are based on groundwater levels in the monitoring bores.