Around 5,500 ML of inflow was received to reservoirs during July. This has been sufficient to secure all headworks system operating water requirements for the 2020 season, and make an initial allocation to some entitlements.
Wimmera-Mallee Pipeline Product entitlements have received a 2% allocation this month. No allocation has been possible to Glenelg River Compensation Flow, Recreation, Wetlands or Commonwealth Environmental entitlements. Bulk entitlement holders collectively have access to approximately 107,000 ML of unused water allocation carried forward from 2019-20 year.
The Storage Manager has released its Annual Operating Plan for the 2020-21 water year. A quarterly operating plan supplement for July to September 2020 accompanies the annual plan, and looks specifically at reservoir system operation this 3-month period. The Annual Operating Plan and operating plan supplements are available here.
Around 6,560 ML of inflow was received to reservoirs during June; however, further inflows are required to secure all headworks system operating water requirement for the 2020 season, before any allocation can be made to entitlements. Operating water is used to meet system losses such as evaporation from reservoirs.
No allocation has been possible to any entitlement at the time of the July 2020 water resource assessment. However, bulk entitlement holders collectively have access to approximately 104,000 ML of unused water allocation carried forward from 2019-20 year.
The Storage Manager has conducted an assessment of the risk of spill for the system headworks, as per the methodology defined in the Storage Management Rules. The results of this assessment have enabled the Storage Manager to declare a low risk of spill for the 2020-21 water year as of 3 July 2020.
A July update on Reservoir operations is also now available.
In response to well below average inflow to reservoirs during the 2019-20 season, bulk entitlement holders have collectively agreed that resource improvements during May and June 2020 be held over to help secure system operating water and support allocations in the 2020-21 season. As a result, there has been no increase to allocations this month.
Wimmera-Mallee Pipeline Product remains at 52% allocation this month, and Glenelg Compensation Flow remains at 1% allocation. No allocation has been possible to Recreation entitlement, Wetland entitlement or Commonwealth environmental entitlement this season.
A June update on Reservoir operations is also now available.