Update on water availability
- Murray-Darling Basin Dry Inflow Contingency Planning Update on Water Availability June 2007 (PDF - 232 KB)
About the publication
At the Water Summit on the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) on 7 November 2006, senior officials were asked to examine contingency planning to secure urban water supplies in 2007-08. In January 2007 the Prime Minister and the Premiers of New South Wales (NSW), Victoria and South Australia agreed to the recommendations of the "Murray-Darling Basin Dry Inflow Contingency Planning Report" and committed governments to regular reporting on water availability and implementation of contingency planning measures.
On 20 April 2007, jurisdictions announced their agreement to the release of April 2007 Contingency Planning Overview Report and released a joint statement outlining the key recommendations. On 20 June 2007, the May 2007 Contingency Planning Overview Report and joint statement was released. The April and May 2007 Contingency Planning Overview Reports are available at www.environment.gov.au.
This June 2007 update provides a seasonal outlook for rainfall, an update on inflows and water availability since May 2007 and an explanation of how water availability in the system relates to State water sharing arrangements for water above critical demand, which were agreed by the Prime Minister and relevant State premiers on 20 June 2007.
This update on inflows mainly addresses areas dependent on the water resources of the southern MDB allocated to States under the terms of the MDB Agreement.