River Murray water allocations for South Australian irrigators have been increased: farmers are now likely to get almost their full entitlements. Allocations have been increased to 38 percent, but the SA government officials say it's now likely irrigators will get 97 percent across the full financial year.
The SA government's water delivery manager, Jarrod Eaton, says the increase reflects the continued improvements in water conditions across the River Murray system. "Rainfall across key catchment areas has helped to improve conditions across the basin leading to an increase in water availability for South Australian irrigators," Eaton said. "Based on climate conditions over the last 30 years and current water resource conditions, water availability projections indicate that under very dry conditions allocations are likely to get to at least 97 percent - which is a positive sign for water users."
Bureau of Meteorology data shows basin rainfall remained below average for June but the volume of water in Murray-Darling Basin storages increased slightly, up to 38 percent of capacity.
Eaton said officials would continue to monitor the bureau's long-term weather outlook and issue revised statements twice a month while irrigation allocations remained below 100 percent.