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Commonwealth environmental water carryover from 2012-13 into 2013-14

Commonwealth Environmental Water Office, 2013

This is an annual report on the volume of water that has been carried over from 2012-13 by the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office.

Key points:

  • The Commonwealth owns water entitlements in the Murray-Darling Basin (the Basin), and receives water allocations against them, in the same way that other entitlement holders do. The rules associated with the water entitlements and allocations are set by the Basin States and apply to all entitlement holders.
  • Across the Basin, on a proportional basis, the Commonwealth used more and carried over less of its available water for each of the five years between 2008-09 and 2012-13.
  • On 1 July 2013, the Commonwealth had 393 GL of carryover, which is equivalent to 1.8 per cent of public storage capacity across the Basin. Like any other water user, the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office (the office) could not fill up dams disproportionately relative to its holdings.
  • Over the longer term it is expected that the percentage of Commonwealth environmental water that is used, or conversely carried over, will be similar to other water users - although like all water users the percentage of utilisation will vary from year to year.