Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure
The Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure program (SRWUIP) is a $5.8 billion national program investing in key rural water use, management and efficiency projects including improved knowledge and market reform. Currently, $5.3 billion of the program funds is committed in the Murray-Darling Basin.
The aim of the program is to improve efficiency and productivity of rural water use and management, to deliver substantial and lasting water returns to the environment and to help secure a long-term and sustainable future for irrigated agriculture through value for money projects.
Water savings achieved through SRWUIP will be shared between the environment and irrigators and regional communities. Water savings transferred to the Commonwealth Environment Water Holder for environmental use will contribute substantially towards 'bridging the gap' to the new Sustainable Diversion Limits under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
For more information on the SRWUIP water recovery progress see: Progress towards meeting environmental needs under the Basin Plan
Restoring the Balance in the Murray Darling Basin (water entitlement buyback)
The Restoring the Balance in the Murray-Darling Basin Program is an important component of the Water for the Future initiative. The Australian Government has committed the $3.1 billion to the Restoring the Balance in the Murray-Darling Basin program to purchase water for the environment plus the $310 million per year from 2010-15 from water buyback if that is needed. The Government is committed to 'bridging the gap' between what has been returned to the environment, and what needs to be returned to the environment as determined by the independent Murray-Darling Basin Authority. This will be achieved through a combination of improvements in the health of the Basin's rivers, wetlands and floodplains.